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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2008 14:50:00 +0100
Subject: Contact R. M. Wanlida Courier Company for your package
Hello once Again
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1.5m United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for
a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has
expired or getting near to expire and Dr. Wilson the Director of Africa
Development Bank told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it
will expire also many Foreign banks are reluctant to honor Bank Draft
usually come from Africa,so he decided that it would be better that he
convert the Bank Draft into cash and packaged your funds of USD1.5 Million
in form of Personal Diplomatic Package and send it to you via special
diplomatic means and you will receive your funds in your Country.
So I told him to cash the $1.5m USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to
avoid losing this funds since Foreign banks are reluctant to honor Bank
Draft that comes from Africa as I will be out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till ending of December 2008.
What you have to do now is to contact R. M. Wanlida Courier Company as soon
as possible to know when they will deliver your Package to you because of
the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering
Charge, Insurance premium.
The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your Package
direct to your postal Address in your country is ($150.00 US) One Hundred &
Fifty United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier
Company so far, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't
know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
You are advice to contact R. M. Wanlida Courier Company now for the delivery
of your fund with your deposie SECURITY CODE SCTC/2001DHX/567/;
Directors Name: Dr. Thompson Kuruma
Company Name: R. M. Wanlida Courier Company
Company Email : ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Tel: +233 248 881 564
You Are To Forward The Following Informations To Them;
1. YOUR FULL NAME:
2. YOUR HOME OR COMPANY ADDRESS:
3. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER:
Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail on
this email ( email@example.com ) to avoid any further delay and
remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $150.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.
Note this. The Courier Company doesn't know the contents of the Package. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents were
money. This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know that
box contents money ok.
Thanks and God bless you and your family.