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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: "MRS FAITHMALU" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2008 05:18:49 +0200
Subject: PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO XGT442.
We have been waiting for you since to contact us for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $850,000 United States Dollars which my
husband kept for but we did not hear from you since that time. So I told him
the bank manager to cash the $850,000 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 3Months
Course and I will not come back till end of Nov. 2008.
The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your
country is ($128.00 US)One Hundred & Twenty Eight 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 $128.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that
but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in
case of demurrage.You have to contact the FEDEX
COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your Draft with this information
Contact Person: Dr. Doussou Johnson
Email :( email@example.com )
Tel/FAX: +229 93 862938
What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY as soon as
Just pay immediately their security keeping fee $128 only .
SHIPMENT CODE AWB 33XZS
PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO XGT442.
SECURITY CODE SCTC/2001DHX/567/