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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: "justce keny" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:19:16 +0100
Subject: CONTACT IMPEX TRUST COURIER COMPANY FOR THE DELIVERY OF YOUR CONSIGNMENT
My Dear Friend!
How are you today? This is to thank you for your effort to help me in the
past. I understand that your hands were tied. Not to worry. I have succeeded
in getting the money transferred into the account provided by a newly found
friend of mine in India.
I am in London with my family presently. To compensate your past assistance
and commitments to me, I have made available 10% of the total money which is
$1.800,000USD (ONE MILLION EIGHTY HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) cash for you. I
made it cash because my account officer advice me to do so, he said that
since I will not be around, it will be safe to keep cash than to keep cheque
because of the validity of the cheque might expire before you get the
I have, through the help of my account officer packaged the money in a
security proof box. The box was sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded
with machine. It was deposited with IMPEX TRUST COURIER COMPANY for safe
keeping, as (Sensitive Photographic Film Material), The Company does not
know the original contents of the box. What l declared to them as the
content is Sensitive Photographic Film Material, I did not declare money to
them please. that is what you will mention to them when contacting them.
Also, note that I have paid the delivery in advance pending the time you
will contact them, so you don't have any problem, the only fee they might
ask you is their registration .
Below is the Deposit details:
Deposit Number: PLCC-101-PL45
Sort/Clearance Code: PLC/101-45/P50
Deposit Certificate N0.: 405576
Consignment Description: 1 Box Sensitive Photographic Film Material
Depositor: Mr.Justice Vincent.
Make sure you quote the deposit details well to avoid misinformation.
Write a letter of application and quote the deposit details to the given
Company: IMPEX TRUST COURIER COMPANY, BENIN REPUBLIC
Contact Person: MR FRED ADAMS (Director)
Contact Email: email@example.com
Forward your FULL NAME, HOME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER, and register with
them for immediate delivery of your package to your door step.
Take good care of your self.
NOTE THEIR MANAGER Mr. Koffi Adams IS A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF MY FAMILY,
SHE WILL GIVE YOU SPECIAL ATTENTION IF YOU MENTION MY NAME TO HER. HAPPY