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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:
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 08:55:08 +0000
PERSONAL & CONFIDENTIAL
ATTN: THE MANAGING DIRECTOR.
PROVISION OF BANK ACCOUNT TO DEPOSIT FUNDS.
I am Dr Charles friend to engr.Mike Douglas a Director, project implementation
with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation based in Warri, Delta State.
In November 2003, my friend received gratification of fifteen Million, five
Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars ($15,500.000.00) from the contract awarded
to foreign firms for the construction and maintenance of 250 Million (LPG)
Gas Plant at Warri Refinery.
Hence the fund is under the custody of Security Company for safe keeping.
I have been mandated by my friend (Engr.Tony Douglas) to seek assistance
of a trustworthy foreign company or an individual who could help to provide
bank account to receive the money for investment without any hitch.
However, my friend has agreed to will sure 20% of the sum to you, while
5% is set aside for expenses. Therefore, if this offer acceptable to you,
please indicate your interest by contacting me on my E-mail address for
more documentation and briefing.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Dr Charles Obi
PLEASE REPLY ME ON MY PRIVAT EMAIL ADDRESS firstname.lastname@example.org
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