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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: Osita Michael <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 06:08:08 -0800 (PST)
Subject: THIS LETTER IS FOR YOU / Carla van den Berg
FROM BARR. OSITA MICHAEL.
Dear Carla van den Berg
I am Barrister Osita Michael, a solicitor at law,
personal attorney to Mr.J.A Berg,a national Of your
country, who is the director of Panini Development
Company in Republic of Togo. Here in after shall be
referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 2003,
my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in auto crash along ecowas express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to
track his last name over the Internet, to locate any
member of his family hence I contacted you.I have
contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund
at US$10.million left behind by my client before it
gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the
Bank where this huge amount was
deposited. The said Bank has issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have his account
confisicated within the next twenty one official
working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in
locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the
consent to present you as the next of kin to the
deceased since you have the same last names, so that
the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.
Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we
shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities
for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal
documents needed to back you up for claim. All I
require from you is your honest cooperation to enable
us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this
will be executed under legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through this email for more details.you can call me on my private line anytime
Barr. Osita Michael .
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