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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: "johnblue1010 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:19:27 +0100
Subject: CONTACT ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT APEX BANK
I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft
but did not heard from you since that time then I went and deposited the
Draft with Apex Bank Plc here in Benin Republic, because I travelled to
Japan to see my boss and will not come back till next month end. I have
arranged with them to make your payment to you with their new ATM MASTER
CARD which you can use to withdraw your money in any ATM MACHINE around the
globe. You have to contact the Apex Bank Plc with your full contact
informations such as follows.
1. FULL NAME
2. ADDRESS WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO SEND THE ATM CARD
3. PHONE AND FAX NUMBER
4. YOUR AGE AND CURRENT OCCUPATION
5. ATTACH COPY OF YOUR IDENTIFICATION
However, Kindly contact the below person who is in position to release your
DR.Allen Uba DIRECTOR,
ATM PAYMENT DEPARTMENT APEX BANK
PHONE NUMBER: +229 93 45 76 08
I have paid for the processing and delivery charges.
The only Money that you are going to pay to them is only $150,US Dollars
which they will use to obtain the Affidevit Of Onwership from the Federal
High Court Of Benin Republic.
Try to contact them as soon as possible to quicken the processing of your
before your draft gets Expired
Let me know as soon as you receive your Card.
Thanks and God Bless,