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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: Mother Carolina <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 05:54:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Mother Carolina Starr
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Greetings in the name of God,I am Mother Carolina Starr from Spain am 58 years old, wife to late Torres Starr, i am suffering from a longtime cancer of the breast which also affected my brain, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child, died in a fatal motor accident Before his death we were true Christians, Since his death I decided not to re-marry again, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of $11.6million dollars with a Bank, Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of uthorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness they will get it confiscated.I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I am having my treatment for cancer of the breast, I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live, It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from, I want you to be God fearing, also use this money for orphanages and widows, I took this decision before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up.As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Bank, I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund, Please do contact me via :(email@example.com)Waiting for your reply,Yours in Trust,Mother Carolina Starr.