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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: Sun, 22 May 2005 22:14:44 +0200
Subject: REQUESTING A DISCREET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
REQUESTING A DISCREET BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP
I am a freelance, independent investment broker based here in Portugal.
to my privileged African background, I have been consulted by an
top-ranking member of a frontline liberation movement in Angola, whose
had engaged the Angolan government in a protracted civil war since 1975.
My client now wishes to channel $21.7Million U.S Dollars into
productive investment ventures instead of war. He looks to make this
investment discreetly under discretionary
asset management arrangement.
I have contacted you on the consideration that I could discuss with you
on the possibility of my client placing this fund with you for
either in your existing establishment or other venture to be undertaken
at your discretion under terms to be agreed upon. He prefers that this
be made in your country.
I shall be expecting your response in order that we may discuss further
in details regarding my client request on the investment project .All
replies in response of this mail shall be directed to my alternative
email address:firstname.lastname@example.org alongside your telephone number
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