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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: "john rob" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 22:07:12 +0000
Subject: REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
BARCLAYS BANK PLC.
CLAPHAM JUNCTION BRANCH,
7 ST JOHNS HILL,
SW 11 1 TN, LONDON
REF:- INSTRUCTION TO CREDIT YOUR BANK ACCOUNT
This is to notify you about the statue of your fund right now in my desk.
After due vetting and evaluation of your Inheritance file which The Ministry
of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Forwarded and contracted us to
see to your immediate payment.
From our findings you have been going through hard ways by paying alot of
charges to see to the release of your fund ($27 million U.S dollars(twenty
seven Million U.S American Dollars). which has been delayed.
We advice that you stop further communication with any correspondence from
Nigeria, You don't have to pay any charges to receive your Inheritance fund
anymore as you have met up with the whole requirements, your representatives
in Nigeria will tell you to still go ahead with them but on your own risk.
The only thing required from you is to obtain Non-Resident Clearance
Form/Reciept which we are not asking you to pay the fee to us here in United
Kingdom as the Government of Nigeria have paid us for handling/processing of
your payment with other customers.
We will help you to see that you obatin the form so that our bank will
effect immediate transfer of your Inheritance sum ($27 million U.S
dollars(twenty seven Million U.S American Dollars) in to your designated
bank account.Will you follow up our directives your fund will reflect in
your account within five working Bank days from the day you obtain this
form. Do not go through anybody again but through this Bank if you really
want your fund.
Please respond to my private email (firstname.lastname@example.org
) Kindly let me have your Full Names,Telephone& Fax number to enable me
reach you on
telephone. If you desire also I would let you have my telephone number as
soon as you want it. Thanks
Mr. John Rob
Head, Private Banking Section.
Barclays Bank Plc.
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