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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: "JOHN LAW" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 21:33:00 +0200
Subject: Now contact my secretary for your compensation
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in
Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.
meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary in Republic Of Benin his name is Mr Chris George on
(email@example.com) or call him on +22993818748. ask him to send you
the total of $1.200,000.00 which i kept for your compensation for all the
past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your
efforts at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my
secretary Mr Chris George and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferings at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy here
because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having
at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary
on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr
Chris George, he will send the amount to you without any delay.
Engr. John Law