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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: "Mrs. Maria Johnson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2008 04:01:42 GMT
Subject: PLEASE READ AND CONTACT MY LAWYER
My name is Mrs.Maria Johnson.I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what I have to you.I am 59 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 2
years ago,immediately after the death of my husband,who had left me everything he worked for.I have been touched by God to donate from what I
have inherited from my late husband to you for the good work of God, rather than allowing my relatives to use my husband's hard earned funds ungodly.I have asked God to forgive me all my sins and i believe he has
because He is a merciful God.
I will be going in for an operation,and i pray that i survive the operation. I have decided to WILL/donate the sum of $10,500,000.00.(Ten million five hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the
lord,and to help the motherless,less privileged and also for the assistance of the widows.At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls,due to the fact that my relatives are around me and i have been restricted by my doctor from taking telephone calls because i deserve all the rest i can get.Presently,I have informed my lawyer about my decision in WILLING this fund to you.I wish you all the best and may the good Lord bless you abundantly and please use the funds well and always extend the good work to others.
Kindly Contact my lawyer through this email address
(email@example.com) or you can call his private line :+44 704 570 9019 If you are interested in carrying out this task,so that he can arrange the release of the funds ($10,500,000.00) to you.My lawyer's name is Barrister Charles Baylor. I know I have never met you but my mind tells me to do this,and i hope you act sincerely.
NB:I will appreciate your ultmost confidentiality in this matter until the task is complished,as I don't want anything that will Jeopardize my last wish,due to the fact that i do not want relatives or family members
standing in the way of my last wish.
Thank you and God bless you.