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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: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 13:07:15 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Secret and Confidential
Secret and Confidential
I am writing to seek your interest in a business transaction of an over-invoiced contract sum which I deliberately inflated from its original contract value of USD60million to approved USD100Million, giving room for an excess of USD40Million.
I am a director in my ministry Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) here in Nigeria.The amount has received the official approval for payment from the ministry. If you agree to work with me, then we shall discuss among other things the procedure and the sharing modalities.
Let me read from you with your telephone number to call to you directly.
Dr. Peter Holy
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