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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: "Festus Eze" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 06:33:26 +0100
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY
*How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail meets you in a perfect condition. You may not understand why this mail
came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email
from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which
we never concluded. *
*I am using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical
conclusion. I thank you for you're great effort to our unfinished transfer
of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.
*But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out
of my bank to my new partner's account in London that was capable of
assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage
and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want
to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $650,000.00.
*I have left an international certified bank draft for you worth $650,000.00
cashable anywhere in the world.*
*My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary: Mr. CHIKA ATELI,
for the collection of this international certified bank draft I have
authorized him to release the international certified bank draft to you as
soon as you contact him regarding this issue.*
*At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which
myself and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.
Also comply with MR. CHIKA ATELI so that he will send the draft to you
without any delay, contact him on the below contact information: *
*CONTACT: MR. CHIKA ATELI
ADDRESS: No 4 cooperation drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
TELEPHONE: 011 234 802 582 4103
EMAIL : **firstname.lastname@example.org* <email@example.com>
*Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your
address where you want him to send the draft to you. *
*Thanks and God bless you and your family,hope to hear from you soon. *
CONTACT MY SECRETARY: (
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