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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 01:25:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear Friend
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: email@example.com
- Dear Friend. Greetings in the name of God, Please let this not sound strange to you for my only surviving lawyer who would have done this died early this year. I prayed and got your email id from your countrys guest book which I have been with my late husband and liked to visit once more if God will in his infinite mercies. I am Mrs. Elizabeth Brown from London. I am 58 years old, I am suffering from a long time cancer of the lungs which also affected my brain, from all indication my conditions is really deteriorating and it is quite obvious that, according to my doctors they have advised me that I may not live for the next two months, this is because the cancer stage has gotten to a very bad stage. I was brought up from a motherless babies home was married to my late husband for twenty years without a child, my husband died in a fatal motor accident Before his death we were true Believers. Since his death I decided not to re-marry, I sold all my inherited belongings and deposited all the sum of 6million dollars with my bank. Presently, this money is still with them and the management just wrote me as the true owner to come forward to receive the money for keeping it so long or rather issue a letter of authorization to somebody to receive it on my behalf since I can not come over because of my illness or they get it confiscated. Presently, I'm with my laptop in a hospital here in Switzerland where I have been undergoing treatment for cancer of the lungs. My doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see that this money is invested to any organization of your choice and distributed each year among the charity organization, the poor and the motherless babies home. I want you as God fearing person, to also use this money to fund churches, orphanages and widows, I took this decision, before I rest in peace because my time will soon be up. As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of my bank. I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the new beneficiary of my fund. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated herein. Hoping to hear from you soon. Waiting for your reply Yours in the Lord, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown.