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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: MAJOR JAMES GLENN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 23:24:19 +0000
Subject: RE: VERY URGENT
I am MAJOR.JAMES GLENN, I am a British soldier attached to peace keeping force
in Iraq, I Am the commanding officer of the First Battalion of the Royal Irish
Regiment, as you may know everyday, there are several cases of insurgents
attacks going on here.
We managed to move funds belonging to some demised persons who were attacked
and killed through insurgent attacks. The total amount is US$8.4Million dollars
in cash. We want to move this money to you, so That you may keep our share for
us until when we shall come over to meet you.
We will take 70%, my partner and I. You take 30%. No strings attached, just
help us move it out of Iraq, Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using Diplomatic
courier and shipping the money out in two large metallic Boxes, using
If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a
good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you? When
you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest
including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick communication
also your contact details.
This business is risk free as the fund can be shipped out in 48hrs to your
Thanks and God bless you,