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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 varh" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 15:41:21 +0200
Subject: Hello,Get Back To Me
Hello,Get Back To
Greetings to your family.
I hope this mail meets you well. I duly apologize if am interfering on your
privacy if this request is not acceptable to you. First, I didn't come to
you by chance nor by accident, I have come to you because your names has
planted you in the centre of relevant in my life and my professional career
as a banker at this very moment of my life. But before I go further I will
like to introduce myself to you for better understanding.
My name is Mr.John Varh , Banker with a reputable bank here in Cote d'Ivoire
(Ivory Coast) and I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a
large sum of money from a dormant account. Though I know that a transaction
of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am
assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I was the personal
accounts manager to a deceased customer, Mr Raymond, a foreigner, who had an
account with us here in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast). On July 7, 2005, series
of coordinated terrorist bomb blasts hit the London Subways, resulting in
the loss of more than 52 people and unfortunately my client, his wife, and
their three children were among the people that died on that fateful day.
Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives but has been unsuccessful.
After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over
the Internet, to see if I could locate any member of his family hence I
contacted you.Of particular interest is this huge deposit with our bank here
in my country Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa (Ivory Coast), where the deceased
has an account valued at about (15 million British Pounds Sterling). They
have issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or our bank will declare
the account unserviceable and thereby send the funds to the bank treasury.
Since I have been unsuccessfu l in locating the relatives for the past
years, I will seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased, since you share the same last name with the deceased so that the
proceeds of this account valued at (15 million British Pounds Sterling) can
be paid to you and then you and I can share the money.If you will not work
with me or see this mail as a scam or spam as they call it, please endeavour
to delete it and forget I ever contacted you so that I can move on with my
life, I am a family man and this is an opportunity to provide them with new
opportunities. There is a reward for this project and it is a task well
worth undertaking. I have evaluated the risks and the only risk I have here
is from you refusing to work with me and alerting my bank.
I am the only one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you
with a name that has planted you into the centre of relevance in my life.
Let's share the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact
me through this email. If you give me positive signals, I will give you the
relevant details and initiate this process towards a conclusion.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. I am the only
one who knows of this situation, good fortune has blessed you with a name
that has planted you into the centre of relevance in my life. Let's share
the blessing. If you find yourself able to work with me, contact me through
this email. If you give me positive signals, I will give you the relevant
details and initiate this process towards a conclusion.
In your reply mail, I want you to give me your full names, address, date of
birth, telephone and fax numbers. If you can handle this with me, reach me
now for more details. I do not want any direct link between you and me. My
official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to
assess our level of customer care in line with our total Quality Management
Policy. Please observe this instruction religiously. Do not betray my
Thanking you for yoheur anticipated cooperation as I await your response.