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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: "AGETUWAA" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 13:37:42 +0000
Subject: INVESTMENT ASSISTANCE
I am a member of the "Contract Award Committee",Federal Ministry of
Petroleum Resources, Nigeria.
We are in search of an agent who will assist us in the transfer of
FifteenMillion US Dollars (US$15m)and subsequent investment of same in
lucrative ventures in your country.
You will be required to.
1) Assist in the transfer of the said sum
2) Advise on lucrative area(s) of investment, and
3) Assist in the management of same investments.
Could you be kind enough to render your services to usin this regard,you
shall be rewarded with 15% of the total sum statedabove while 10% of the
investments dividents shall be paid to you annually.
Kindly indicate your interested by sending an email to me so that I can
give you the modalities.
MR. MIKE ADEOLU
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