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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: "Peter Kwaku" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:58:27 +0100
FROM: MR. PETER KWAKU
HOUSE ADDRESS: NO 743A REG-MANUEL
INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, TEMA.
My name is MR. PETER KWAKU, a political activist and an attorney. I am a
member of my party s executive committee. My aim of contacting you is to
crave your indulgence to assist us in securing some funds abroad for safe
keeping which incidentally was kept to help us finance our election this
year 2008. Fortunately with my immediate assistance, and contact, we were
able to deposit the money in a bank vault pending when the fund would be
The need to contact you arose from the fact that the present government is
cracking down on the opposition and trying to trace all the funds that
belong to it,if they succeed in tracing this fund to us, they will seize it
and thereby incapacitating our campaign abilities.
We wish to relocate this fund in a foreigner's name to avoid any trace. All
I need from you is an assurance that you can handle the amount involved
(US$19,5M) comfortably and that I can also trust you with this arrangement.
Be rest assured that there is no risk involved since I have taken care of
everything. I want you to immediately inform me of your willingness in
assisting and co-operating with us, so that I can send you full details of
this transaction and let us make arrangement for a meeting and discuss at
length on how to transfer this funds.
Please if you are not interested in this business, let me know in time, so
that I can contact someone else.
MR. PETER KWAKU.