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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: "steward foster" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 23:33:08 +0100
Subject: Mutual Benefit!!!
I am Gareth foxx, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, who
hereinafter shall be referred to as my client, died as the result of a
heart-related condition on the 4th of sept. 2000. His heart condition was
due to the death of all the members of his family in the Gulf Air Flight
Crashes in Persian Gulf Near Bahrain Aired August 23, 2000 - 2:50 p.m.
Before his death,he had a deposit valued at SEVEN MILLION,THREE HUNDRED
THOUSAND U.S DOLLARS(U$7.300,000.00 USD).This bank has issued me a notice to
contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated.
My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the
next-of-kin and beneficiary of my named client, so that the proceeds of
this account can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a mutually
All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be
provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
from many breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your
moral values, do accept my apology. I must use this opportunity to implore
you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary
confidential, whatever your decision, while
I await your prompt response. Please contact me at once to indicate your
interest.Reply to me here .email@example.com
Barrister Gareth Foxx
(Attorney at Law)