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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "BEN ATTAH" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2008 16:34:56 +0100
Subject: FEDEX EXPRESS SERVICE COMPANY
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $800,000 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
that time. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or
getting near to expire and Mr. Justin Yayi the Director Bank of Africa told
me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire.
So I told him to cash the $800 000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment
to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out out of the
country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of August
What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS SERVICE as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
expiring date.For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge,
The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($105.00 US)
One Hundred & Five United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of
the Courier Company so far.Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any
other money except $105.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said
because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
You have to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS SERVICE now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;
Contact Person: Dr.GANAKA.
Email Address:( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask
them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over
there and know when it will get to your address. Let me repeat again, try to
contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and
remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $105.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.
Note this. The FEDEX EXPRESS SERVICE company don't know the contents of the
Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the
contents was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let
them know that box contents money ok. I am waiting for your urgent response.