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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: Western Union Money Transfer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 23:08:16 +0000
Subject: YOUR PAYMENT DETAILS
Please be informed that this funds are
coming directly from the International Monetary Funds headquarters and we are
only to pay beneficiaries once they meet their financial obligations.Also note
that Western Union is not allowed to make all payment at once via western union
money transfer due to the way the funds came to our headquarter and for security
reasons,upon of your fees and your International Remittance File purchased, you
are receiving a first pay-out of $10,000 USD which is made into two halves which
will enable you walk into any Western Union office close to you and pick up your
funds. Note that the remaining funds/payment will be made install mentally in
the following order:
1. $10,000 USD made payable to you from the Western
2. $850,000 USD made payable to you via bank wire transfer from our
designated paying bank.
Upon receipt of the fee for the purchasing of
your international remittance files, you are receiving your first pay-out of
According to the Section 636(1) of the LPN CAF of the
1999 constitution regarding a contract like you will have to make the payment of
$120 USD so as to enable the purchasing of your inheritance
files to prevent illegal transfer of your funds or any form of
Here are details of your money transfer of $10,000 USD made
on your behalf but it has no receiver's name yet until you remit the $120 USD to us before we can purchase the inheritance files with
your name and put your name as the receiver.Meanwhile your receivers name is
highly needed. Below is the information you will use to send us the fee $120 USD Via western union.
after you made the payment, you can send the payment informations to our email
below together with your receivers name.
As soon as
we receive the payment of $120 USD from you and it's confirmed, we will put
your name as the receive of the funds and you will go to western union and pick
PAYMENT DETAILS MADE FOR YOUR CONFIRMATION!!!
Sender`s First Name:GODWIN
You can log onto our website www.westernunion.com and track your transfer and see that your
money is there but needed the above stated fee to redirect the transfer to you
for your easy pick up. Note that within 72hrs if you do not remit the required
$120 USD which has already been made ($10,000)It will be withdrawn back and
remember that the money details given to you does not bear your name as the
receiver until you make the payment of the $120 USD.
Get back to us
through our E-Mail:(email@example.com) with the payment informations once you
made the payment also you can call on my direct line if you have any question
Call for confirmation of receipt of this message on
Have a good day.
Mr. Christophe Lawson
Western Union Payments