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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: "umaru hassan" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 00:35:32 +0200
Subject: IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FROM THE DESK OF,
MR UMARU HASSAN.
DIRECTOR AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING UNIT,
BANK OF AFRICA.(BOA)
OUAGADOUGOU -BURKINA FASO.
Dear Friend, REPLY URGENT PLEASE
This message might meet you in utmost surprise, however,it's just my urgent
need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction.
I am a banker by profession from Burkina faso in west Africa and currently
holding the post of Director Auditing and Accounting unit of the bank.I
have the opportunity of transfering the left over funds ($5.5 million) of
one of my bank
clients who died along with his entire family on 31 july 2000 in a plane
crash.You can confirm the genuiness of the deceased death by clicking on
this web site
Hence,i am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared
between us in the ratio of 60/30 while 10% will be mapped out for
expenses.If you agree to my business proposal.further details of the
transfer will be forwarded to youas soon as i receive your return mail.
have a great day.
Mr UMARU HASSAN
NB, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP THIS TRANSACTION AS YOUR TOP SECRECT AND MAKE IT
CONFIDENTIAL TILL WE RECEIVES THE FUND INTO THE ACCOUNT THAT YOU WILL
PROVIDE TO THE BANK. DONT DISCLOSE IT TO ANY BODY "PLEASE", BECAUSE THE
SECRECY OF THIS TRANSACTION IS AS WELL AS THE SUCCESS OF IT