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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: "Hajia Maryam" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:45:28 +0000
Subject: Good Day My Friend
From Hajia Mariam
Due to the sudden death of my husband General Abacha the former head of
state of Nigeria in June 1998, I have been thrown into a state of
hopelessness by the present administration.I have lost confidence with
anybody within my country.I got your contacts through personal research,and
had to reach you through this medium. I will give you more details when you
reply. Due to security network placed on my daily affairs I cant visit the
embassy so that is why I have contacted you. My husband deposited
$12.6million dollars with a security firm abroad whose name is witheld for
now till we communicate. I will be happy if you can receive this funds for
safe keeping and I assure you a very good percent of this fund I will
instruct my son to contact you so please feel free to comunicate with my
son. I await your urgent response,
SEND ME YOUR CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER SO THAT MY SON MUSTAPHA CAN CALL AND
DISCUSS WITH YOU VERBALLY REGARDING THIS TRANSACTION SO THAT YOU CAN ASK ANY
QUESTION THAT YOU FEEL LIKE ASKING REGARDING THIS TRANSACTION.