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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: "KABILA ROSE" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 10:21:56 +0100
Subject: My Dear,
I am writing this letter with due respect and heartful of tears since we
have not know or met ourselves previously.
I decided to get across to you in respect of investment at my disposal under
your care and management. I will make my proposal well known if I am given
I am Mrs.Rose Kabila, from Democratic Republic of Congo. The wife of Late
Laurent Kabila who was killed in power during his tenure.
My Late Husband deposited the sum of 22million US Dollars with a security
firm in BENIN REPUBLIC for safe keeping.
The reason i am contacting you is that i can not make the withdrawal of this
fund myself because he registered the beneficiary of the fund as his foriegn
bussiness partner.(Family valuables as the content of the deposite).
What I would want you to do is to assits me to get the Funds withdrawn.
As we shall replace the name Foriegn Patner to your own Name,because the
code was used for security reason.
I will give you 25% of the money for your assitance.
I will clearifly you more on this project when i get responds from you.
I am currently in BENIN REPUBLIC now with my Children because of this
Mrs Rose Kabila.