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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: Paul Patterson <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:23:32 +0000
Subject: INVERSION RE:22/10/2008
INVERSION RE:22/10/2008 Hello, My name is Mr. Paul Patterson, Regional Head of British Isles (Royal Bank of Canada Investment Management (UK) Limited). I am writing in respect of a Switzerland British Citizen customer of my bank by name Mr. Victor Ratnavale, who died together with his wife in a Plane crash on Monday 7th September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New York to Geneva. Please see http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9809/swissair.victims.list/index.html for more information. The late Mr. Victor Ratnavale left in our bank the sum of Seven million five hundred thousand pounds (£7.5 million pounds) and nobody will ever come for this money because he died with his entire family. I am the only person that is aware of this money since Mr. Victor Ratnavale did not give to my bank any next of kin to inherit his money. Now, I want to use my position in the bank to transfer this money to your country for investment. If you can provide me with an account where I can transfer this (Seven million five hundred thousand pounds) £7.5 million pounds. I will give you 40% of this entire fund while the remaining 50% shall be for me, extra 10% will be for transfer charges. I am hoping to get a favourable response from you. With Regards, MR. PAUL PATTERSON.