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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, 27 Oct 2008 17:39:46 +0100
Subject: Assallam alykum/ urgent response
I know that this mail will come to you as a surprise as we have never met=
before, but need not to worry as I am using the only secured and confide=
ntial medium available to seek for your foreign assistance in a business.=
I am contacting you independently of my investigation and no one is info=
rmed of this communication.=20
I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of $11.3million imm=
ediately to your private account. The money has been here in our Bank lyi=
ng dormant for nine good years now without anybody coming for the claim o=
I want to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased =
customer (the account owner) who died a long with his supposed NEXT OF KI=
N since August 1997.=20
The Banking ethics here does not allow such money to stay more than 11 ye=
ars, because the money will be recalled to the Bank treasury as unclaimed=
fund. Please reply me through this=C2=A0my private email address(=C2=A0d=
email@example.com ) for urgent response.
Upon receipt of your reply=C2=A0 indicating your interest in this transac=
tion, I will send you full details on how the business will be executed.P=
lease keep this proposal as a top secret and delete if you are not intere=
Bank Of Africa,Burkina Faso-West Africa=C2=A0=C2=A0