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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: "john dugan" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 16:26:27 +0100
Subject: GET BACK TO ME,
*Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you.I am john dugan,the only son of late Mr.and Mrs.Douglas Dugan ,my
father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Accra,the economic capital of
Ghana.My father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of
their outings on a business trip My mother died when I was a baby and since
then my father took me so special.*
*Before the death of my father on July 2003 in a private hospital here in
Accra,he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum
of Fifteen Million United State Dollars.USD ($15,000.000) left deposited
fixed in one the prime security vault here in Accra,that he used my name as
his only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund.*
*He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was
poisoned by his business associates,that I should seek for a foreign partner
in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for
investment purpose such as Real Estate Managemnet or hotel management.*
*Sir,I honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:*
*(1)To procure a profitable investment where this fund can be invested
(2)To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 20 years.
(3)To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a resident permit in your country.Moreover,
Sir I am ,willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for your
effort/input after the successful claming out and airliftment of this fund
to your possession overseas.*
*Furthermore,you should indicate your immediate option towards assisting me
.as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen
(14)working days as you signify interest to assist me.*
*Anticipating to hear favourably from you soon.
*Thanks and God bless.