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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: "Daniel Wilson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 20:16:22 -0600
Subject: LATE MR. FRANK TERRY'S PHILANTHROPIC ESTATE
DANIEL WILSON'S LAW CHAMBERS
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS AND PRIVATE LAWYER
6 NOEL STREET
LONDON, W1F 8GJ
LATE MR. FRANK TERRY'S PHILANTHROPIC ESTATE
My name is Mr. Daniel Wilson; I am a native of
England, and president in the Chambers Daniel
Wilson's Law Chambers here in London,
I am a legal practitioner, called to the U.K
Bar in 1980.
I used to be the personal Attorney to late
Mr. Frank Terry.
Mr. Frank Terry was a great philanthropist before death;
before he died, he made a philanthropic will of
Five Million Dollars (US$5,000,000.00)which was
meant to be donated to charity organizations in
Africa to support African children living with HIV/AIDS.
We conducted an electronic email random draw in our
chambers today, and your email address was picked as the
beneficiary to this philanthropic fund of $5m.
It is our great desire to claim this fund so that it
can be used for the purpose for which it is meant,
because the bank where the money is currently deposited
has instructed that we produce the beneficiary of
this fund within 14 days else the money will be
confiscated to the Government's treasury as
You have to get back to me immediately so that we
can begin the process of transferring the fund into
any of your designated bank accounts.
As soon as I receive your reply message I shall
give you further information on the process.
With your full co-operation, this transaction
shall be concluded within 7 days, and after the funds
have been transferred into your account, you shall
keep 50% of the money ($2.5m) to yourself as the beneficiary,
donate 40% to any Charity Organization of your choice, while
the balance of 10% comes to me as your attorney in
Also, this transaction is highly confidential and
should remain as such until the funds must have been
transferred into your account, so do not discuss this
transaction with ANYBODY.
I wait to hear back from you immediately, so that I
can give you all the necessary information needed
to proceed, and don't forget to include your name,
location and phone numbers in your response.
Congratulations once again.
Barrister Daniel Wilson (Esq.)
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