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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: "JENNIFER JOHNSON" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 13:47:08 +0100
Subject: DEAR FOREIGN PARTNER
DEAR FOREIGN PARTNER
I AM JENNIFER JOHNSON. I AM 41 YEARS OLD WOMAN.I AM A CITIZEN OF
BENINREPUBLIC,IN WEST AFRICA. PRESENTLY HOSPITALISED HERE IN MY
COUNTRY. I AM IN
HOSPITAL SUFFERING FROM LUNG CANCER. I HAD PARTIAL STROKE WHICH HAS AFFECTED
MY SPEECH AND HALF OF MY BODY IS SOME HOW PARALYSED.I CAN NO LONGER TALK
WELL AND I CAN NOT HEAR WELL. MY DAYS HERE ON EARTH ARE NUMBERED AS MY
HEALTH HAS DETERIORATED I SUPPOSE. I AM MARRIED TO LATE MR.PATRICK JOHNSON A
CITIZEN OF UNITED STATE OF AMERICA WHO DIED ON 2006 AFTER A BRIFE ILLNESS.
There is this US$1.5 Million ($ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S
DOLLARS) my Late husband deposited in a Bank here in our country Benin Rep.
which i am the next of kin to the fund. With my health condition and because
my husband and I have no children, I am looking for a credible person to
whom I will pass the right of next of kin.
You will apply to the bank and request for the release and transfer of the
fund to your bank account. This is on the condition that you will take 10%
of the fund for yourself, while you will use the remaining 90% for the less
previlege people. This is in fulfilment of the last request of my late
husband before his death: that a substantial part of the fund be used to
carter for the less previleged in his countries and motherless homes.
The reason why i contact you is that my own relations have taken over all my
late husbands properties and never care for me anymore since they know i
will die soon, If i release this fund to them, they will not fulfill my late
husband last request that is why i seek your assistance since you are a
foreigner like my late husband, i believe you will fulfill my late
husband's last request.
If this condition is acceptable to you, you should immediately get back to
me with the following information;
(1) YOUR FULL NAMES,
(2) YOUR DIRECT PHONE NUMBER
I will forward these informations to the Bank as my late husband relation
whom i have passed my right as the next of kin of the fund to you so that by
the time you contact them, they will be aware.
I cannot predict what will be my fate by the time the fund will be
transfered into your account, but you should please ensure that the fund is
used as i have described above.
I look forward to your response in my most confidential email addresss *