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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: "Mr. Robert Williams" <email@example.com>
Date: 3 Sep 2008 00:28:59 -0000
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD
NOTIFICATION OF PAYMENT VIA ATM CARD
This is to officially inform you that we have verified your contract file
presently on my desk, and I found out that you have
not received your payment due to your lack of co-operation and not
fulfilling the obligations giving to you in respect to
your contract payment. Secondly, you are hereby advised to stop dealing
with some non-officials in the bank as this is an
illegal act and will have to stop if you so wish to receive your payment
immediately. After the Board of directors' meeting
held in Abuja , we have resolved in finding a solution to your problem. We
have arranged your payment through our ATM CARD
PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America , Africa and Asia Pacific; this is part
of an instruction/mandate passed by the Senate in
respect to overseas contract payment and debt re-scheduling.
We will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money via
ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, and the
maximum daily limit is Fift Thousand United States Dollars($5,000.00)
valued sum at Five Million United States Dollars
If you desire to receive your fund this way, Kindly re-confirm youâre
(1) Your Full Name
(2) Full residential address.
(3) Phone and Fax Number
(4) Present Country.
You will find below my personal email address and contact telephone
We shall be expecting to receive your information as you have to stop any
further communication with anybody or office.
Thanks for your co-operation.
Mr. Ryan Sidwell