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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?Barrister=20Niculas=20James?= <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2008 10:59:51 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY FOR YOUR COMPENSATION.
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Dearest, Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that money under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay Presently I'm in Paraguay with the partner for some projects with the money.Meanwhile i didn't forget you're past efforts and attempts to assist me in the transaction that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary in Nigeria, his name is MR.OLUCHI EZE and his email address is (firstname.lastname@example.org) phone number +234-7026008656 ask him to send you the total $800,000USD Draft which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much .so feel free and get in touch with my secretary MR.OLUCHI EZE and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferings at that time. I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which the new partner and me are having at hand, finally, Remember that I had forwarded instruction to My secretary on your behalf to receive those money feel free to get in touch with MR.OLUCHI EZE he will send the amount to you without any delay. With best regards, Barrister Niculas James (Esq)