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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: "JONSON WILLIAMS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:45:26 +0200
Subject: PAYMENT INSTRUCTION
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund
transferred to a Swiss account.
I did not forget your past effort to assist me despite the fact that
it failed us some how so I kept some amount for you in my own
appreciation for your compensation. Now I want you to contact my secretary
the information below:
NAME:Mr Phillips Ngata
Contact him and ask him to send you the total sum of One million Eight
hundred Thousand US Dollars in a certified international bank draft
issued from UBS AG, Switzerland, which I have kept for your compensation.
Sen.Johnson H. Williams.
Pan African Mortgage and Finance.