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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: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 07:35:15 +0800 (CST)
Subject: FROM MADAM KADJA LAWAL.
FROM MADAM KADJA LAWAL.
I AM MADAM KADJA LAWAL, 65 YEARS OLD FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATE (UAE). I BECAME A CITIZEN OF COTE D'IVOIRE (WEST AFRICA) DUE TO MARRIAGE WITH DR.LAWAL NASIR KHALID FROM COTE D'IVOIRE WHICH WILL PROBABLY BE MY FINAL RESTING PLACE. I WAS BORN AN ORPHAN IN 1942 IN MY HOME TOWN IN UAE,THEREAFTER WAS BLESSED TO HAVE MARRIED A HUMBLE AND KIND MAN DR.LAWAL NASIR KHALID.
WE BOTH STRUGGLED AND WORKED HARD AND THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESSED US ABUNDANTLY WITH RICHES. HE WAS A DEALER IN GOLD, DIAMONDS AND TANTALITE.
I AM NOW OLD AND SICK WITHOUT A HUSBAND AND CHILDREN. THIS HAS MADE ME UNHAPPY. I HAVE NOT RE-MARRIED DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WANT TO CHERISH MY HUSBAND'S MEMORIES. FOR 2MONTHS NOW I HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY SICK.
I AM PRESENTLY IN HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND I HAD A STROKE WHICH HAS AFFECTED MY SPEECH. THE LEFT SIDE OF MY BODY IS PARALYSED. THE DOCTORS SAY I HAVE A FEW MONTHS LEFT TO LIVE. I COULD BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE YOU WITH A HELP OF SISTER NURSE DUE TO URGENCY SO THAT I WILL HAND OVER THE INFORMATIONS OF THIS FUNDS TO YOU NOW THAT I AM STILL ALIFE.
I DONT KNOW YOU, I WAS ABLE TO GET YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS THROUGH A SPECIALISED SOURCE AND BY THE LEADING OF OUR ALMIGHTY GOD. BEFORE THE DEATH OF MY HUSBAND HE DEPOSITED US$5.5 MILLION IN A BANK HERE IN COTED'IVOIRE.
THE DOCUMENTS AND PAPERWORKS ARE WITH MY ATTORNEY.I WANT YOU TO BENEFIT THIS FUNDS FOR ORPHANAGE WORK IN YOUR COUNTRY IN REMEMBERING OF MY LATE HUSBAND"S NAME IN YOUR COUNTRY AND OTHER COUNTRIES AS WELL.
GIVING TO THE POOR AND LESS PRIVILEDGED, ALL I NEED FROM YOU IS YOUR ASSURANCE THAT YOU WILL USE THIS FUNDS JUDICIOUSLY AS STATED IN THIS MESSAGE BY SENDING ME YOUR DETAIL CONTACTS AND PHOTOS WITH GOOD SUGGESTION TOWARDS THE SAFE TRANSFER OF THE FUND TO YOUR ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY. I HOPE IN YOU AS DIRECTED BY OUR ALMIGHTY GOD.
YOU ARE BLESSED.
MADAM KADJA LAWAL