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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: "mrsjoyce2 Gazeta.pl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:49:22 +0100
Subject: FEEL FREE TO CONTACT HIM NOW FOR YOUR COMPENSATION!!
FEEL FREE TO CONTACT HIM NOW FOR YOUR COMPENSATION!!
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?,You may not
understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you
might have received an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. Although i
did not give you my real names when i contacted you for the business due to
security reasons. I am glad to inform you that I have successfully concluded
the transaction, the money transferred to United Kingdom London. It is done
through the assistant of your country man Mr Patrick Davis who is an United
Kingdom Londo based business man.
Currently I am in United Kingdom Londo. However, I did not forget you
because you are the source of my success, you made me what I am now though
you were not there to complete this project with me but I give all the
credit and thanks to you. I know it is not your fault or rather your wish to
back up on me and the transaction ,I understand it is simply because of what
you must have heard about some bad people in my continent but still there
are still some good ones for example myself.
In appreciation of your assistance I have mapped out as compensation and
wrote on your favor an ATM CARD tune of US$2,250,000.00.(Two Million Two
Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars Only) I left the ATM CARD
which you will use to withdraw money from any ATM MACHINE in any part of the
world with Pastor Akin William on my departure to United Kingdom London,I
will want you to contact my pastor through his email adress which is (
email@example.com ) I would like you to contact him on the information
below so that she can mail it to you. Here is the full contact of the
Name :Pastor Akin William
Church of Christ Mission Cotonou
Address:C/223 Avenue Presidentiel Cotonou
His email address once again:( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Therefore, you should
send him your full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address
where you want him to send the ATM CARD to you Before he travels out for his
Gospel Crusade. God bless you and your family.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you receive the ATM CARD.
Mrs Joyce Esien
NOTE: VERY IMPORTANT:ENCLOSED IN THE PACKAGE I LEFT WITH HIM IS A LETTER
WITH YOUR ATM CARD SECRET PIN NUMBER THAT YOU WILL FIND WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT