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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: "Mr. Lin Yang" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 18:06:46 +0100
Subject: We want representatives.
I am Mr. Lin Yang, we are a group of business men who deal on import andexport raw materials into
canada,america and europe. We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a medium
of getting to ourcostumers in the Canada,America and Europe as well as making payments through you
Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we willbe very glad. Please contact us for
more information.Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity tonegotiate your mode of
which wewill pay for yourservices as our representative in canada,america and europe.
Mr. Lin Yang