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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: "dukes willson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2008 17:25:48 +0200
Subject: SGT WILLSON DUKES
I am an American soldier, In foreign service with the Third infantry
Division in Iraq, I and my superior moved part of discovered funds belonging
to fleeing regime leaders in Iraq, the total amount is $25, 000,000.00 US
This money is being kept safe in a secured location we would disclose to you
later. You can go through this web link to understand events that took
place in Iraq.
Basically, since we are in government service and we are not allowed to have
or keep discovered looted funds around us, we ha ve decided to look for
someone to help us relocate and keep this funds for us, that is why I have
contacted you, so that you can keep it for us in your safe account or
custody untill we complete our foreign service in Iraq.
You will take30%, while 70% will be for me and my partner.This business is
confidential, and it should not be discussed with anyone. There is no risk
involved whatsoever as it is only me and my partner that knows the present
location of the money.
If you are interested I will send you operational details, my job is to find
a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you?
To ensure confidentiality, when you receive this letter,kindly reply me via
your interest including your phone and fax numbers for quick communication
and also your physical locational
Sgt willson dukes*