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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: "Lewis Brian" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:30:56 +0000
Subject: Dear Acquaintance
Permit me to introduce myself, I am Lewis Brian, head of Mortgage
department, Lloyds securities and finance company 659 Openshaw Street
Manchester United kingdom.
Only recently I discovered that one account belonging to Ms. Fiona Watts now
DECEASED has remained dormant for the past two years, after intensive
investigations, I found out that Late Mrs. Fiona Watts died in a ghastly
auto accident in June, 2002.
At this point I am contacting you concerning a business acquaintance that
will necessitates you to act as a new beneficiary cum next of kin to the
said dormant account as I hope to give you
more technical details on how I think we should transfer the funds into your
nominated offshore/residence account.
Please I need you to help me with your personal details such as Full names,
home/office address, phone and fax numbers respectively, you can also reach
me on +44 703 194 7483 or email back @ email@example.com should you be
PLEASE, YOU MAY ALSO IGNORE THIS LETTER AND RESPECT MY TRUST IN YOU BY NOT
EXPOSING THIS TRANSACTION, SHOULD YOU NOT BE INTERESTED.