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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: Grace Robert <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2009 21:52:30 +0800 (CST)
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
Your kind Attention:
I am grace Robert the only daughter of Mr. Robert kenga from Zimbabwe, a prosperous farmer who died during the crisis in our country. Before his death, he deposited the sum of $16 million in the custody of a finance security company in Ghana as a personal effect. Currently,I and my younger brother, Michael are in Ghana as a result of the crisis in our country. As a matter of urgency,the finance security company where the money is deposited has contacted us to present our father's business partner/next of kin as was indicated in the deposit certificate for the immediate release of the said fund. Since our father's partner/next of kin who was a white foreigner who also died in the crisis, we decided to contact you for this purpose.
we are writing to seek your highly esteemed help in a lasting business relationship of mutual benefit as our late father's partner so that the fund can be released to you on our behalf for investment in your company/country in any lucrative business of your choice under a joint partnership believing that you will not betray us at the end of this transfer. We shall let you know your benefit for your assistance as we proceed.
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