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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: Nancy Edward <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 06:55:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
From Miss Nancy Edward
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
I am Nancy Edward, the only daughter of Mr& Mrs Edward, It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad year 25th.Febuary 2004.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been master minded by an uncle of his, who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!My mother died when I was just 6 years old,and since then my father took me so special.
Before his death on Febuary 25 2004 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told him that he has the sum of US$4.5 Million Dollars (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) left in fixed deposit account in one of the leading
banks in Africa. He further told him that he deposited the money in my name,and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary but legal documents to this fund and the bank. I am just 21 years old and an university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I need an overseas account where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction i will come and live with you and i'm ready to do anything of your choice. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast. west africa,
The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and i wished to investe under your care please. I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me?
2. Can I completely trust you? .
What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account while i finalers my education? Please,Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Miss Nancy Edward.
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