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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: =?utf-8?q?Martin=20Baker=20Esq?= <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:34:36 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOUR URGENT ATTENTION IS NEEDED
Â¡Tengo nueva direcciÃ³n de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme a:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attention,Please accept my apology for using this mode of communication to get to you. Our reasons for such are its fastness and confidentiality.In compliance to the trust and legal authority bestowed on me by my late client, as his personal attorney to make available the stated amount of money US$20, 000,000.00, to a foreign investor(s) that are willing and capable of investing this said sum in an already existing business or a fresh business which must have a viable potential.We will act as the financier by providing the above stated amount while you provide the business proposal and the management of the business based on a terms of partnership which both party will duly agree on. Further details shall be made available to you once you have notified us of your interest in this business partnership.In anticipation to your immediate response, we thank you for your consideration and cooperation.Yours Faithfully Martin Baker Esq