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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: "ugo promise" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 23:37:34 +0200
Subject: Good News
Compliments of the season and God blessings.This is to thank you for your
effort.I understand that your hands were tied that was why you could not
afford to assist me to the fullest in transfering the funds,do not worry,I
have succeeded,the money has been transfered into the account provided by a
newly found friend of mine in Spain.
To compensate for your past assistance and commitments,I dropped a bank
draft worth of $1.5m(One million five hundred thousand United State
Dollars)for you.I am in Spain with my family presently.I do intend to
establish some business concerns here,and possibly buy some
properties.Contact my secretary,Mr Charles Koku on his email Address below:
Forward my mail to him,then ask him to send the draft to you and do send him
with this below informations. Your full Names Home address With your
Celphone number. Contact me once you receive the draft.Thanks once again.
Mr Promise Ugo