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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: john <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2009 13:25:09 -0500
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into
business relationship with you. I got your name
and contact from the advertenties I prayed over it
and selected your contact among other contacts I
got from there. I am JOHN CASSIDY (JR) the only
son of late DR. JOHN CASSIDY. My father was a
very wealthy Cocoa merchant in Abidjan the
economic capital of Ivory coast but was poisoned
to death by his business associates on one of
their outings on a business trip.
My Mother died when I was a baby and since then my
father took me so special. Before the death of my
father on JULY 2008 in a private hospital here in
Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and
told me that he has the sum of TWELVE MILLION
UNITED STATE DOLLARS USD. ($12,000 000) left in
fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank
here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only
son for the next of Kin in depositing of the
money. He also explained to me that it was because
of this wealth that he was poisoned by his
business associates. He then adviced me to seek
for a Foreign Partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for
investment purpose, I am therefore honourably
seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a bank account for the transfer of
this money. (2) To serve as a guardian to me and
the investment of this money since I am only
19years. I am willing to offer you a good
percentage from the total sum as compensation for
your effort/input after the successful transfer of
this money into your nominated account overseas.
Furthermore, you will indicate your option towards
assisting me as I believe that this transaction
would be concluded within fourteen 14 days you
signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you soon.