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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: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 19:47:35 +0800 (CST)
Subject: From Mrs Nary Mesah.
From Mrs Nary Mesah
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Brother Musa intend to establish in your country. Though we have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.
I can confide on you for my brighter future and my Brother Musa since you are a human being like me. There is this huge amount of Fifteen Million five hundred thousand United States dollars. ($15.500.000.00) which my late Father deposited in a suspense account for us here in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire before he was assassinated by unknown persons. Now I and my Brother Musa have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough for security and political reasons.
We want you to help us and transfer these funds from the Bank to your account by acting as our next of kin because we are too small and we dont know anything about Bank transfer, and we will be needing your help to invest the money after the successful transfer of the fund into your personal account in your country, these are the areas we will like you to help us and invest the funds:
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
4). Real Estate
If you can be of assistance to us we will be pleased to offer you 10% of the total fund for your assistance.
I await your soonest response.
Miss Nary and Musa.