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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: "Western Union" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 08:31:49 -0700
Subject: WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
There is an issue with the WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER in the amount of
$500,000.00 USD directed in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03, at the
owner of this email address.
The International Monetary Fund contacted us for your compensation a couple
of hours ago due to your allocated security code.They said that they choose
to send it to an email address instead of a name.
We are unable to complete a transfer directed at an email address,so we
require some more information in order to complete this transfer.
FULL CONTACT ADDRESS:
MOBILE PHONE NUMBER:
MARITAL STATUS AND AGE:
In order to resolve this problem,please email us immediately.
As soon as this information is received,and you have complied with the
requirements of payment of the western union charges, payment will be made
to your nominated bank account or at the counter directly from The Western
Union Transfering Bank.
When emailing,please use reference number 250-147 for our mutual
THE MANAGEMENT OF WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER,OFFICE NIGERIA BRANCH.
Mr Mark James.
Western Union Payments
Direct E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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