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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 gezi" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2004 22:08:18 +0200
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE
My name is Mr JOHN GEZI the elder son of Mr. ANTHONY GEZI,of Zimbabwe. It
might be a surprise to you where I got your contact address, I got it from
South African information bureau. During the current crises against the
farmers of Zimbabwe by the supporters of our President Robert Mugabe to
claim all the white owned farms in our country, he ordered all the white
farmers to surrender their farms to his party members and their followers.
My father was one of the best farmers in the country and knowing that he did
not support the presidents political ideology, the presidents supporters
invaded my fathers farm burnt down everything, shot him and as a result of
the wounds sustained, he became sick and died after two days. And after his
death, I with my younger Brother decided to move out of Zimbabwe for the
safety of our lives to South-Africa.
BUT, before he died HE WROTE HIS WILL, which reads "(MY BELOVEED SON ,I WISH
TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE SUM OF ($25,000,000=00). MILLION U.S DOLLARS
WHICH I DEPOSITED IN A BOX WITH A SECURITY COMPANY IN JOHANNESBURG
(SOUTH-AFRICA). IN CASE OF MY ABSENCE ON EARTH CAUSED BY DEATH ONLY". You
should solicit for reliable foreign partner to assist you to transfer this
money out of South Africa for investment purpose. I deposited the money in
your name and it can be claimed by you alone with the deposit code. Your
mother has all the documents. Take good care of your mother and brother."
From the above, you will understand that the lives and future of my family
depends on this money.As much, I will be very grateful if you can assist us.
I with my younger brother are now living in South-Africa as POLITICAL
ASYLUM SEEKERS and the financial law of SOUTH-AFRICA does not allow ASYLUM
SEEKERS certain financial rights to take out of south africa such huge
amount of money .In view of this, I cannot invest this money in
South-Africa, hence I am asking you to assist me transfer this money out of
South-Africa for investment purposes. For your efforts, I am prepared to
offer you 30% of the total fund, While 10% will be set used to refund for
local and international expenses and 60% will be kept for me and my family .
Finally modalities on how the transfer will be done will be conveyed to you
once we establish trust and confidence between ourselves. Looking forward to
your urgent reply .For detailed information.
NOTE: THE KEY WORD TO THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTE CONFIDENTIALITY AND
SECRECY. THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE. YOUR URGENT RESPONSE WILL BE
(FOR THE FAMILY).
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