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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: Kenshole George <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2008 12:54:09 +0000
Subject: From: Mr. Kenshole Geoffrey George.
From: Mr. Kenshole Geoffrey George.Greetings,Before I start, I must firstly apologize for this unsolicited proposal to you. I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach to starting a relationship, but as time goes on you will realize the need for my action.My name is Mr. Kenshole Geoffrey George, Auditing Manager of Alpha Bank UK Ltd and account officer to Late Edward Han, who died with his wife and the only daughter in an Automobile crash on the 28th January 2001. Before the death of Late Edward Han, he maintained a fixed deposit account with my Bank (Alpha Bank UK Ltd) Based on this discovery, I now seek your permission and support to have you stand in as a next of kin to the Late deceased, as all documentations will be carefully worked out by me for the release of these funds, all amounting to the tune of (£20,000,000.00 GBP) Twenty Million British Pounds Sterling Only to any nominated account of your choice..I propose an offer of 40% of the total amount to be yours after the transfer has been successfully concluded. Let me have your Full Name, Confidential Telephone, Fax and Mobile Numbers and also your Contact Address in response to this proposal if you are interested. Please reply immediately to my private email address (email@example.com).Thanks and God bless.Sincerely Yours,Mr. Kenshole Geoffrey George.Tel: +44 701 115 0540Fax: +44 870 974 6618