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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: "ronjohn26 Gazeta.pl" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:16:31 +0200
Subject: CONTACT THE OCEANIC BANK PLC BENIN REPUBLIC
We are very sorry for what happen to you since last year,Now listen the
reason this money is coming to you is that the government of this country
has found that you was scammed since last year and they have arrested those
that scammed people. So since yesterday after we did not hear from you or
receive your mail we have made arrangement with OCEANIC BANK BENIN REPUBLIC
on how to transfer your money into your bank account at your country and
note that your money which bank going to transfer is $800.000.00 and what
you have to do right now is to contact the bank immediately so that the
manager will transfer your money into your bank account and be informed that
we have paid the bank for the open of new account fee for you. now listen
the money that remain which you can pay to him is wire transfer fee which is
only 150.00 to transfer your money directly into your bank account at your
coun try ok.Try to contact bank through this.
DR.JIM IWEGO OCEANIC BANK MANAGER
MANAGER'S PHONE NUMBER..00229-938922187
please make sure that you follow bank manager's instruction and forward all
your bank account detail where to transfer your money into and your current
This is information the Bank Manager need from you. YOUR COUNTRY............
YOUR FULL NAME........
YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBER............
NAME OF YOUR BANK................
MOBIL PHONE NUMBER.....
May God Be With you
from Fedex company Manager
Mr Ron John