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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 16:28:49 +0000
Subject: My dear, FOR YOUR INFORMATION
My dear, Compliments of the day and God's blessings. I am glad to inform you that I have successfully completed the transaction. The money has been transferred to Switzerland. I succeeded through the assistance of my new business partner from the United States of America. Currently I am in India with him for a business trip. However, I did not forget your past efforts in helping me then though you weren't able to complete the project with me but honestly, I still appreciate your past efforts. In appreciation towards your assistance, we jointly mapped out the sum of $250.000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) and wrote in your favour a certified bank cheque, payable to your account only which was left with my secretary and you are expected to contact her immediately and negotiate with her the best way to send it to you. Contact my secretary immediately you receive this mail at her contact information below and negotiate with her the best and safest way you want her to send the bank draft to you. Name: Mrs. Mary Abasi Email Address: email@example.com Once again, thank you very much and remain blessed with your family.Let me know as soon as you receive your bank draft. Best Regards, James G. KoffiCompensation for your past efforts
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