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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: "helena bongosi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 20:29:55 +0000
Subject: From Helena Bongosi.i need your help
From Helena Bongosi.i need your help
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Address 16Rue Ave 12 traichvill Abidjan Ivory Coast Keep It
Confidencial for My Life To Save
EMAIL me direct to my private email (email@example.com) for
Confindencial reason. please it is urgent
APPEAL FOR URGENT BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
Dear , Good Day And Remain Blessed
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. I got your name and contact on this site after my fasting and
prayed over it i selected your name among other names due to its esteeming
nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy
person that I can do business with and by the recommendation , I must not
hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .
I am Helena Bongosi the only daugther of Late Mr.and Mrs.Joseph.Bongosi. My
father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital
of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates
on one of their outings on a business trip .
My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so
special. Before the death of my father on jan 2007 in a private hospital
here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he
has the sum of TEN million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars.
USD($10.500,000) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank
here in Abidjan ,that he used my name as his only daugther for the next of
Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because
of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I
should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will
transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate
management or hotel management .
dear, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.
(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am 22 years.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my
education and to secure a resident permit in your country.
Moreover, dear 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.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe
that this transaction would be concluded within (4) days you signify
interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soon.
EMAIL me direct to my private email(firstname.lastname@example.org) for
Thanks and God bless.