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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: "Sgt. Denis Walker" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 21:02:35 +0300
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION NEEDED
My name is Sgt. Denis Walker; I am an American soldier with Swiss background, serving in the military with the army's 3rd infantry division. With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you. I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of (US$14,600,000M) Fourteen Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars to you, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here, this is no stolen money, and there is no danger involved.
Source of money:
Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near one of Saddams old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, and staff Sgt Kenneth Buff and I that some part of this money be shared among both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first agreed it. This was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hellhole of which a roadside bomb killed my brother in-law last week. You will find the story of this money on the web address below;
The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British contact working here and his office enjoy some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to a British / American medical doctor who died in a raid here in Iraq, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family in united states.
I have now found a much-secured way of getting the package out of Iraq to your country for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier's here in Iraq. I do not know how long we will remain here, and I have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help, I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me as soon as possible as my only means of communication is through email and do remember to include the followings: YOUR FULL NAMES, PHYSICAL ADDRESS,
TELEPHONE and MOBILE NUMBER (if any).
Sgt. Denis Walker