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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: "Charles Douglas" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 18:35:26 -0700
Subject: FROM CHARLES, ASSISTANCE NEEDED.
FIDELITY BANK OF NIGERIA PLC,
I am Charles Douglas of the above address, from Nigeria. I hope you will
not be embarrassed with this mail since there is no previous relationship
prior to this message. I need your urgent assistance in this transaction
of mutual benefit. I took great deal of my time to find a
matching personality to fit in.
This has to do with the claim of US$35.5million currently deposited with
our bank.I am the Head, Private Banking and in charge of all big time
customers private Account.
This money belongs to one Karim Barakat, from Syria, who was a contractor
to the FEDERAL MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATION before he died in the WORLD
TRADE CENTER BOMBING of 11th sept 2001 in New York USA.The bank
management and the Government has asked me to contact the Next of Kin of
Karim Bakarat or that l should credit back the money to the Federal
I therefor request that you assist me, presenting yourself as the NEXT OF
KIN to Karim Barakat and secure this money since all my efforts to
contact his relatives and associates has proved abortive.
At the conclusion of the business, you will be entitled to 50% of the
total sum. If you intend to assist please reply my mail and include your
telephone and fax numbers,your full name and address together with your
bank details which you have no money in it.Note that the country you
come from does not matter,you are qualified to claim the funds.Very
urgent.You can call me on my private phone number;+234-80-8379-9181 for
more details.I look forward to your earliest reply.