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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: Mr. kohin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2008 06:07:21 +0200
Subject: waiting for your reply
I am Mr. G.Kohin, financial adviser to late (Mr. Burke Sean) Prior to his =
unexpected death in August 2000, He deposited the sum of money (5.2 million =
United States dollars) with a financial institution.
Eventually, he died in a plane crash and since his death nobody has come up =
for the claims as the next of kin, a situation I have monitored closely with =
the financial institution.
Now having monitored this deposit and managed it over the years before his =
death, I now solicit for your assistance to present you as the next of kin as =
every other arrangement has been concluded by me, I am only waiting for a =
foreigner to take possession of the deposit from the Bank.
This does not have any risk attached to it as the entire document required =
for claims will be obtained legally.
As his personal Attorney I cannot make claim regarding the funds, all I have =
to do is to legally present somebody as his next of kin and beneficiary to =
make claims of the subject matter.
I therefore request you to confirm your interest by a return message and I =
will furnish you with details and more information on how to go about the =
claim of the deposit from the Bank.
I wait for your response with contact details.
Mr. Gali Kohin.