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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: Queen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 16:24:49 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Dearest One.
My name is Queen Albert, the only Daugter of Dr Albert from Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.
I know it is normal and natural for you to wonder why I contacted for assistance in this transaction when we have not met each other before, I am pleading that you be patient with me because I have no choice than to do what I am doing now since it is the only way out of this problem I found myself based on the fact that most times in life, One must confide in another Person to survive,
I therefore decided to contact you to find a solution to my problem irrespective of the fact that we never knew each other, please do not misunderstand me since a journey of hundred miles starts with a step, I am therefore begging you to accept me with an open heart and mind, it is the situation I found myself that made me to contact you and ask for your assistance.
I am contacting you to assist me transfer the Sum of US$7,500.000.00 I inherited from my Late Father which he made from the sale of Crude Oil and Coco Business for investment in your Company under your Management while I continue my education because my education stopped abruptly due to the death of my Father. My mother died after giving birth to me, so I never knew my mother. Behold, my only hope and courage in life which was my father was brutally killed by unknown assasins.
Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, while 5% will be set aside to offset any expenses we may incur. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within the shortest possible time if you signify interest to assist me,
Please contact me immediately you receive this message through this email address if you are interested.
Thanks and God Bless you abundantly.
With lots of love