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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: mariam jones <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 04:35:41 +0000
Subject: PEACE BE UNTO YOU.
Greetings to you in the most wonderful name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His richest blessings shall be upon you forever.I am Mrs Mariam Jones,I am 51 years old from Netherlands but i and my husband work in AFRICA four a long time,i am suffering from a long time cancer of the Lungs which also affected my brain,from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quiteobvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that i may not live for the next two months,this is because the cancer stage has gotten to avery bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home, was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child.My husband died in a fatal motor accident.Before his death we were true Christians.
Since his death I decided not to re-marry,I sold all my inherited belongings anddeposited all the sum of $12.5million dollars with a Security Company. Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confisticated
Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organisation of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization,the poor and the motherless babies home where i come from. I want you God fearing, to also use this money to fund churches,orphanages and widows
I took this decision, before i rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the Security Company.I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that
you will act accordingly as I stated herein. I shall wait at your prayerful reply. i want you to reply me back to this above email address: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanking you in His precious name.Mrs.Mariam Jones.
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