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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: "Sheryl Newton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 01:59:51 -0700
Subject: PARTNER WITH ME
My name is Sheryl Newton, an Australian, based in London U.k. I work with a
established oil company here in London, name of company withheld for
security reason`s. My
boss is in charge of offshore remittance in this establishment. He asked me
to seek your
assistance for a transfer of [GB £7M]SEVEN MILLION POUNDS STERLING] to your
further private investment.
This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract awarded to a Chinese firm
construction of an Oil Drilling stations in Berkshire London in 2006 The
of the contract was (GBP £14M) but we manipulated the figure to read Twenty
The extra (£7M) is what we want to transfer to your account for our own
personal use and
Note that the nature of your job does not matter,All modalities to effect
the payment and
subsequent transfer of this money have been worked out. This transaction is
100% risk free
but requires 100 percent confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity,
which must not be
allowed to slip out of our hands as a result of any careless acts and
utterances. We chose
you for this transaction because we believe that good friends can be
businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can be rest
your security has been considered before you were contacted.
At the end of the deal you will be compensated with 24% of the total sum,
while the rest
will be used in investments in a lucrative ventures in your country. If you
in this deal, kindly get back to me with your full details including your