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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: "Mrs Anne Adam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 11:17:01 +0200
Subject: CONTACT PASTOR ANTHONY GOVO IMMEDIATELY FOR YOUR ATM CARD
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
I am glad to inform you that I have successfully concluded the transaction,
the money transferred to India. It is done through the assistant of your
country man Mr Patrick Davis who is an Indian based business man.
Currently I am in New Delhi,India. 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 und erstand 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$1,250,000.00.(One 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 ANTHONY GOVO on my departure to New Delhi,India.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 Pastor
PASTOR ANTHONY GOVO
CHURCH OF CHRIST MISSION COTONOU
ADRESS: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.Anne P. Adam
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