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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: "adams gary" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:42:26 +0100
Subject: SINCERE COMPENSATION
Dear good friend,
Subject Matter: SINCERE COMPENSATION
You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very
long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you
again, after couple of years now.
It takes fate, courage and God's fearing to remember old friends and at the
same time, to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made
things, not worked out as we projected then.
I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing
together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I decided to
contact you, just to let you know. I have conscience as a human being, due
to your tremendous effort and contribution to make things work out in
Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in Luxemburg for numerous
business negotiations and establishment.
I just arrived yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel and decided to go
down to the hotel business center to mail you.
Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed an International
Cashier's Bank Draft, to the tune of USD$520,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY
THOUSAND DECIMAL ZERO-ZERO UNITED STATES DOLLARS) only in your name as
COMPENSATION to your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it were.
Please, contact NOW, my confidential secretary, she is in the name of: MRS.
CARL HOUSTON :EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are to forward to her, the following:
1. YOUR FULL NAME & ADDRESS
2. YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER ( Very necessary)
She will advise you further about the shipment of the ICBD to your Residence
Address or Office Address you may provide. Feel free to reach via this very
mail address. Most importantly, the ICBD has only validity period of 15
So, your early response to that effect, shall be admired. You have to mind
the days on route shipment.
Dr Adams Gary
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