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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: "Morrison Kojo" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 10:23:05 +0000
Subject: marketing Consultants
From: Mr.Morrison Kojo
I am marketing Consultants of the Indigenous Miners operating mines in Ghana West Africa. The companies are on their efforts to meet up with the vision 2010 to scrutinize the indigenous miners to pave way for foreign investors.
In order to meet up with these modalities the committee in charge of these organizations has mapped out gold dust for immediate sales to purchase certain mining equipment to face the small-scale mining industry. This project has taken off and they are looking for buyers for the following hallmark:
I would like you to come here or delegate your representative at least to make on the spot assessment of the quality of the product in question if your company would indicate interest.