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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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From: williams edebo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 01:41:42 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Good Day And Reply Immediately.Mr/Mrs
FROM GATEWAY CHAMBERS OFFICE OF EDEBO WILLIAMS"
ECOWAS /ECO BANK LAWYERS COUNCIL LOME TOGO"
BCC: BARRISTER EDEBO WILLIAMS(GATEWAY CHAMBERS IN
I am Barr.Edebo Williams (Esq),currently representing a big gold company in my country Accra Ghana in West Africa.My late client, P.C CURLEY,who expatriate in my country,with his wife and their child lost their lives in World trade center bombing on the 11th of sep. 2001. Before his death, my deceased client deposited two boxes containing $18,000,000.00 United Sates Dollars with a Security Company in Accra Ghana.here He accumulated this money from an onshore engineering award. I decided to search for any foreigner that has the same surname with my late client in repatriating the consignment since I found it unsuccessful to find a true relative to him.I want you to quickly file in for claim before the security company will declare the consignment unserviceable.
The said money was packed in cash in two boxes, the boxes was not opened,and he declared it as containing just family valuables of classified documents and he paid a high price for the special diplomatic service of deposit here (a category of deposit in which a customers consignment is never opened for inspection).As you have the same surname with the decease,this is why I am writing to you so that I will assist you claim this consignment. I will prepare every documentation that will assist your claim.The consignment will be released to you within 7 working days after you have filed in for claims. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this e-mail as soon as possible,
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