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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: "MR JOHN PAUL" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 06:32:39 -0700
Subject: Good Day! Good Day!! Good day!!!
Good Day! Good Day!! Good day!!!
I am John Paul from Bolton England.I am a 76 year old widower, I was married
for 36years without a child. Since the death of my wife I decided not to
remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home. Recently,my Doctor told
me that I would not last for the next One Year due to cancer problem in my
heart. We have gone far and wide to see a cure to it but to no avail.
When my late wife was alive we both deposited the sum of $15 Million (
Fifteen Million U.S. Dollars) with a security company here in England. I
want a capable organization or an individual that clear this amount from the
security comapany and use this fund for orphanages, widows, propagating the
word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained.
The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took
this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money
and I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE AROUND ME ARE WAITING FOR THE
DAY THAT I SHALL CLOSE MY EYES IN DEATH AND THEY WILL MAKE A RAMPAGE OF MY
As soon as I receive your reply I shall inform my family attorney who is
presently in London UK here for further instructions as to how you shall
take over the funds and his chambers would monitor the establishment of the
ventures to the Glory of God almighty.
Indicate your interest by giving me your RELIGION, name, marital status,
mobile number and age. Please also assure me that you will act accordingly
as I stated herein. Please endevour to reply me or your can also contact me
on my sick bed with the following email address and phone number :-
The outstanding contractual sum is $15 Million and the family is ready to
invest 70% of the amount oversea on your advise, of the family and 30% to
you for standing as assistting with the requirements needed to secure the
release of the payment.
Mr John Paul