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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: Hello <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 20:26:40 +0800 (CST)
Subject: I AM WAIT TO HERE FROM YOU!!!
FROM SARRA KONE: A CRY FOR ASSISTANCE.
I am Ms. SARRA KONE. my belove father he was a very wealthy gold man and My belove father took me so special because i am motherless. and he shower all his love on me and promised me that he will never have another woman because he did not want me for any problem.but has fate his my father got dead last year.
I have a profiling amount of $3.5 Million Dollars deposited with a bank in ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE. I write to solicit for your partnership towards the transfer of the above quoted funds into your designated bank account for the purpose of investment in your country or any part of the globe. This is a legitimate business. I need you to send down your informations if you desire to assist me on this transaction...
1. Your full name and address...........
2.Your bank account details where money will be transferred into...............
3.Your country and your telphone no..............
I will give you details upon the receipt of your response.
Ms. Sarra Kone.