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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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Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 19:58:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: My Dear,
I am Oliver Pana the son late Mr. Coulibaly Pana. I am soliciting for your kind assistance in transferring the sum of 1,200,000US$ into your foreign account for investment.
But before my father death, he has the opportunity to brief me of this safe deposit he made with the Security Company here in Abidjan. He told me that the trunk contained 1,200,000US$ he has saved while working as the Mayor of our region Korogho in Northern part of Ivory Coast. I have all the
necessary documents about this very transaction and will send to you once you agree to assist me. I took this decision to contact you now because the government has size all his properties.
My father told me that he concealed this money in a trunk box and deposited it in a Security Company in Abidjan as personal effects belonging to his foreign partner abroad. I have made several attempts to claim the box but they told me that the box will be claim by my father foreign partner and
Please all that I need from you now is for you to assist me claim the box and we will have the money transfer to your account for investment. And I will come over to meet you, as the political tension here is increasing heavily due to the forth coming presidential election in November.
Please indicate your interest and willingness to assist me in this transaction by writing back so that I give you all the necessary information that you need.
I wait for your sincere response.
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