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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: "DBJA ABDA" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:06:19 -0700
Subject: NEXT OF KIN
*FROM: BARRISTER ABDUL HAMZA.
ABDUL HAMZA. AND ASSOCIATE,
PUBLIC NOTARY,SOLICITORS & ADVOCATE.
REPLY email address: **firstname.lastname@example.org* <email@example.com>
*STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL AND URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
*I am Barrister ABDUL HAMZA, Solicitor and Advocate at Law.I am the personal
Lawyer to Late Engr.Thomas ,A Foreign National,Working in an oil servicing
company in NIGERIA. Referred to as my client. On April 21st,2000 my
client,his wife, and their three children were involved in a
car accident along Sagamu express way. All occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several inquiries to
your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has
also proved unsuccessful.*
*After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name
over the Internet. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money
and property left behind by my late client before they Get confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged,
particularly the ECO BANK PLC. *
*Where the deceased had an account Valued at about (US$16.4million dollars)
has Issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin. Or have the account
confiscated within the ten official working days OF RECEIVING YOUR DETAILS.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years now*
*Due to you are from the same Country with my Late Client,I decided to seek
your consent to Present you as the Next Of Kin,of the deceased,So that this
account valued at (US$16.4 million dollars) can be paid to you and then You
and Me Can share the money. 55% to Me and 40% to You while 5% for any
expenses.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal
*I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you and Me, from any breach of the
BARRISTER ABDUL HAMZA.,Esq*