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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: "Dr. Chris Oyibo" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 15:04:46 +0200
Subject: Business Proposal/ Call Me
Compliment of day
I wish to contact you personally for a business transaction of US$38,500,000
(Thirty Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) hopefully
that you will respond positively to this offer. I need a reliable, honest
and capable person who will be able to handle this transaction hence I am
contacting you, and I believe that you will never turn down my request.
I am the Auditor General and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Heritage Bank
of Commerce Cotonou Benin Republic. With your sincere assistant and
co-operation, we can finalize this transaction, and be rest assured that
this deal is worth taking and highly profitable.
At this moment, I will not issue the details of this transaction until your
positive response is granted. For further correspondence regarding this
business proposal, send your response to me for more details or ring me on
+229 97 84 68 89 for further discussion on this.
Thanks for your attention.
Dr Christian Oyibo
+229 97 84 68 89