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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: Sat, 22 Nov 2008 19:32:50 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Account Officer, United Trust Bank Plc
I have a new email address!You can now email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hello my good friend. How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?,You may not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi- million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million- dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Seoul-Korea who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund into my new partner's account in Seoul-Korea, who was eventually, capable of assisting me in this great venture,Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my gratitude !
to you with the sum of $1,200,000.00.I have left a certified international Bank Draft for you worth of $1,200,000.00 cashable everywhere in the world. My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer with Capital United Trust Bank Plc,Cotonou- Benin Republic, his name is MR.Good Luck, on his direct email address at;email@example.com, Telephone +229-9-3793 678 for the collection of your certified Bank Draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact him regarding for it.At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects,which I and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with Mr.Good Luck.'s directives so that he will send the draft to you without any delay. CONTACT: Mr.Good Luck. Account Officer, United Trust Bank Plc, Cotonou, Benin Republic Branch Head office, Tel: +229-9-3793 678. His email address:[!
firstname.lastname@example.org] Therefore, you should send him your full Name
and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to send the Bank Draft to you, or your account information for depositing the Bank Draft. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft. BARR,William Naw. Seoul-Korea.