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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: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 04:43:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: MY DEAR
My dearest one,
I am winnie Jokonya (22 years) the only surviving daughter of late Dr. Anthony Jokonya. I am in possesion of some documents covering the deposit of US$12.3 Million (Twelve million, three hundred thousand US dollars) which my late father deposited in one bank in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire. I have
verified the transaction with the bank here and it's authencity is clear. This fund is of no criminal origin as it was realised from sales of the alluvial gold dust.
I am soliciting for your kind assistance in retrieving and claiming this fund from the bank here as my father's business associate and have it transferred to your account in your country for investment. You will also serve as the guardian to this fund as i'm not at all knowledgeable in the
international business world. I will give you further details as soon as I hear from you and we will discuss terms and percentage subsequently but you must treat highly confidential.
I await for your response.
Miss winnie Jokonya.
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