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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: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 04:20:27 -0800
Subject: URGENT REPLY NEEDED
*From; Mr. Steven Kojo.
The regional manager
Standard Chartered Bank of Ghana
It is my wish to contact you on a good business which I want you to assist
me and receive this fund into your bank account in your country from the
good report received about you and believing that this will really work out
between both of us.
I am the regional manager of Standard Chartered Bank of Ghana Ltd in
Takoradi branch, a family man, devoted Christian and a man of peace. I
discovered this money seven million six hundred and twenty thousand united
state dollars (USD$7.620.000.00) On the course of the last year 2007
business financial report and i have packaged a transaction that will
benefit you and I, as the regional manager of Standard Chartered Bank of
Ghana Takoradi branch, it is my duty to send in a financial report to my
head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business year.
I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no
As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so
my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank
account and get 37% of the total funds as commission.
Please there is no risk involved, if you can work with my instructions and
this business will be a bank-to-bank transfer, all I need from you is to
stand claim as the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit
with my branch so that my head office can order the transfer to your
designated bank account.
If you accept to work with me on trust I will appreciate it very much. Email
me with the above email address so that we can go over the details.
Thanks for your attention and I wait to hear from you so soon.
Mr. Steven Kojo.