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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: "hatman abdullah" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 02:01:32 +0800
Subject: Thanks For Your Interest
I am Barrister Hatman Abdullah of Hatman & Associate, a legal practitioner,
an attorney of a deceased client,who died in 2001,I was contacted by his
bank in Malaysia ,regarding my client's deposit of US$5.7million dollars, to
the bank many years back, I was informed by the bank manager that no one has
come for the fund.And the decision of the bank to close the account and
confiscate the fund.
I had made several efforts to locate his next of kin, but none exist.
As the deceased Attorney,with many years of experience,I choose to contact
you because you both shared the same last name.
I would like to seek your consent to present you as the beneficiary of this
fund, so that the proceeds will be paid to you, and then we have it to
ourselves. if you agree with this offer, I will provide all the necessary
documents of my late client and make all legal representations so as to
ensure full legal and regulatory compliance. It is my firm believe that
this transaction will be credible,legal, and profitable.
Further details will be giving as soon as I hear from you.
Barrister Hatman Abdullah Esq.
Attorney at Law