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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: Mr Lucy Lee <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 01:58:06 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Greetings to you and your family
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greetings to you and your family.My name is Mrs. Lucy Lee .I have been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancel which was discovered very late, due to my laxity in caring for my health.I was married to Mr. Ming Lee before he died on 5th of July in the year 2006.We were married for fifteen years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for two weeks. Before his death he made a vow to use his wealth for the less privileged in the society. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.I and my husband deposited the sum of US$9.5Million (Nine million five hundred thousand dollar) to a finance firm in Europe as family valuables, and now that my Doctor made it clear to me that I would not last long due to my health that h as resulted to stroke, I hereby seek for an assistance of an honest and God fearing person to assist me distribute this funds to orphanages, and those affected in the Tsunami in far Asia. I took this decision because I do not have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not inclined to helping poor people, they are only after the money and I do not want my husband?s hard earned money to be misused or spent in the manner in which my late husband did not specify. As soon as I receive your reply I will introduce you as my partner, and shall give you the contact of the Finance Firm where the funds are deposited as Family valuables. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will empower you as the beneficiary.10% of the total sum will be yours for your kind assistance and time. I expect your reply immediately.Thank you and may the Almighty bless you..Yours sincerely,,Mrs. Lucy Lee