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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 08:13:10 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: your transfer code notification
We have concluded to effect your payment through western
union. They will be sending $10,000.00 daily until the $750,000.00 is
completely transferred to you accordingly. Though, Samuel Obinna. has sent
$10,000.00 to you today, so contact Western union Agent:
NOTE; this payment was directed to be made available in your name and you can
only pay them $45.00 so as to enable the purchasing of your inheritance file to
prevent illegal transfer of your funds.
RECEIVERS NAME.........DONALD OKOLI
Then after you send
them $45.00 tell Mr.Hill Johnson. to give you the payment information for
$10.000,00 once you send the payment of $45.00 to them to enable you pick up
the two transfer each $5,000.00. Please, do not forget to update me as soon as
you receive this two payment.