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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: EFCC NIGERIA <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 15:16:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: FROM EFCC NIGERIA (YOUR URGENT RESPONSE NEEEDED)!!!
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- FROM THE DESK OF MALLAM NUHU RIBADU THE CHAIRMAN;ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (E.F.C.C.) ABUJA; NIGERIA. Dearly,CONGRATULATIONS!!! Request To Compensate You With The Sum $3.5Million Our association discovered your name and email address as one of the victims of fraud In Africa especially in Nigeria, this is as a result of people being involved in some Illegal and unsolicited business transaction, as directed by Mr. President Omaru Musa Yar'dua, the Federal Government of Nigeria in collaboration with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to compensate all these Victims who can be able to reach them with all necessary prove that they were the Victims. As directed by the management, we are making our compensation with the sum of $3,500 000.00U.S.Dollars (three million five hundred thousand United States of American dollars) as soon As one or each of the respective candidates reaches her demands with all necessary prove to Claim their consignment. We will make our delivery through the following methods of delivery as soon as prospects Responds with all requirements: 1. COURIER COMPANY 2. WIRE TRANSFER 3. ONLINE BANKING TRANSFER 4. DIPLOMATIC MEANS.5. BANK A/C NUMBER (INT'L TRANSFER)Victims are expected to forward the following informations to MY personal emails: (firstname.lastname@example.org) -NAME...................-BANKING DETAILS........-HOUSE/OFFICE ADDRESS...-PHONE/TEL NUMBERS......-LOCATION...............-AGE....................-ATTACH INT'L PASSPORT.. We wish to hear from you soonest we are very sorry for the embarrassments and again congratulations onces more. NUHU RIBADU, EFCC CHAIRMAN.