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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: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 07:22:01 +0100 (MET)
Subject: PICK UP YOUR (USD5000.00) PAYMENT BY WESTERN UNION DEPARTMENT?
How are you today? I write to inform you that we have already sent you USD5000.00 dollars through Western union as we have been given the mandate totransfer your full compensation payment total sum of USD1.2million ,usd via western union by this governemnt.
I was calling your telephone number to give you the information through phone but you did not pick up my calls throughout that yesterday even this morning. Now, I decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick up this USD5000.00 to enable us send another USD5000.00 today as you know we will be sending you only USD5000.00 per day. Until you have received the total fund of $1.2million usd. Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up the USD5000.00 and call me back to send you another payment today, My direct phone line is +229-98970445 Email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) call or email me once you picked up this USD5000.00 today Here is the western union information to pick up the USD5000...00;
SENDERS NAME ; ANTHONY ROBERTS
Question: Who made you?
I am waiti ng for your call once you pick up this USD5000.00, Please email me
your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you once we send any
payment for the Conformation.
BARR. Williams Mohammed.
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