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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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From: pierreylau1 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2009 23:43:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I need Your Help.
I am Pierre Yao Laurent from Cote d'ivoire. I am an orphan being that I lost my parents during the crises in my country. My father late Franise Laurent was serving executive chairman of board of the Cocoa exporting board until his death .
He was assassinated by the rebels following the political uprising. Before his death he told me he had Five million three hundred thousand Usa Dollars (US$5.300.000) deposited here in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire in a private security company .
My father told me , the Five million three hundred thousand us dollars was meant for investment in Europe before his untimely death. I have all the documents including the certificate of deposite of the trunk in the security company which my father handed over to me when he was at the
hospital. He instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me to receive the trunk box in (his or her) country and also assist me to come over to his country to continue with my education and also help me to locate a profitable investment that will be profitable to both of us till
I finish with my education and join him or her in the investment he might have established with the money the time I was in school . I do not know anything concerning business investment at present.
I will be more than happy if you accept my request to help me and receive the trunk box which contain the money into your country or any safer place as the beneficiary and recipient of the trunk on my behalf.Please note that the security company does not know the content of the box.
I have plans for investments in your country. This is my reason for contacting you. Please if you are willing to assist me as an orphan who does not have any family , reply back as soon as possible.
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