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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: Markus Oseni <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2008 19:23:55 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Anticipating your positive response.
Hello Dear Friend,
REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU:
My name is Mr. Markus Oseni the Deputy Governor Financial Sector Surveillance
Central Bank of Benin. Last year I made an arrangement with one Mr. Michael
McNulty a citizen of the United States of America in the state of Wisconsin to
hold on my behalf the sum of $15.2Million to be used for investment, the money
was slated to move in two phase of $7.5Million at each phase. We worked together and
obtained all the documents needed to transfer the first $7.5Million but as soon as
the fund was confirmed in his bank account he disconnected his phone line 715
694 5761 and disappeared. He was staying at #45, Peterson Rd,Black River Falls,
My tenure as the Deputy Governor Financial Sector Surveillance Central Bank of
Benin will very soon and I don't want the opportunity I have here in making
myself rich to be wasted hence I am contacting you to work with me and keep on
my behalf for investment the balances sum $7.7Million. As a civil servant still
under services of my government I am barred from operating foreign account and
I would not deposit this amount in my local account here because I had declared
my asset immediately I was appointed into my present position.
I will make you my investment manager after a commission of $2.2Million from
the $7.7Million for your kind help and I pray I will not be disappointed again. I
seek for your corporation and sincerity towards this business.
Please contact me immediately via my e-mail: ( firstname.lastname@example.org )telephone
(+229-9715-9530): with your complete names and numbers (Phone and Fax) and I will
get back to you explaining areas you felt you want to know better.
Anticipating your positive response.
Mr. Markus Oseni