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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: "vincent momoh" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 14:22:13 +0100
Subject: from vincent momoh
From Vincent Momoh
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Please contact me at this e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your name and contact from the Ivoirian chamber of commerce and industry. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to its esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .
I am Vincent Momoh the only son of late Mr and Mrs Douglas Momoh . My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip . My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on march 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of ten million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. US($10.500,000) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for invest!
ment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management .
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:
(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to .
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominate account in overseas.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within 7 days you signify interest to assistme.Please make sure that you write me today.Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God bless.
Vincent Momoh Please contact me at this e-mail (email@example.com)