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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: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 04:11:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: DR MIKE HILL PLEASE URGENT
- DR MIKE HILL PLEASE URGENT I AM THE CHIEF ACCOUNTANT OF THE NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM(NNPC) LAGOS, NIGERIA.ALLTERNATIVE EMAIL : firstname.lastname@example.org.Sir I and my senior colleagues in corporation have the sum of $26m twenty six million US dollar which we got from over-inflated contracts awarded to foreign contractors in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation N.N.P.C.We are seeking your permission to transfer this money into your account. This money will be shared between you and partners here in Nigeria.Your commission will be 30% of the total sum 10% will be mapped out to offset any expenses incurred during transaction.Please let me know if you are interested in this business by above Email address.More details of this business will be sent to you on hearing from you. For effective communication in this transaction, please send me your confidential telephone and fax number including private home or mobile number.I will send to you my confidential telephone and fax number on hearing from you Note: This transaction last only 12 working days.Please call me on this private telephone number:234-80-37177631,Yours Faithfully.Dr MIKE HILL