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This is a Russian version of the good old business investment scam. A Russian millionaire’s assistant wants your help to invest millions of dollars in your country. And of course you will get a percentage. If it were true, it might be nice, but of course the person sending the message isn’t a millionaire’s assistant — he’s just a scammer trying to pick your pocket.
Subject: Re: BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
From: Alexander Dryano firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016
Good morning and good day to you.
I am looking to work with a reputable individual/firm to engage in a profit oriented ventures in your country and perhaps with your assistance, we could get lowered tax rates.
I am Alex Dryano a staff/member of the inner circle of Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky who was imprisoned on false charges of tax evasion by Vladimir V. Putin, who is now president.
For more details, please follow this links:
Before the arrest of Mr. Mikhail Khodorovsky, we were in the process to complete the documents for the transfer of a contract payment US$500Million. The contract was successfully executed under Yukos Oil Corp which led to the issuance of a Contract Completion Certification, a copy of the Certificate would be sent to you as we proceed.
While I was working on the approval documents to conclude the transfer of the US$500Million payment, Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested and the payment process was subsequently suspended.
Fortunately, Mr. Khodorkovsky has being released and is reuniting with family in Europe. Hence, the time is right for the transfer of US$500Million into a beneficiary account.
I ask for your help so you can stand as the recipient of the said funding that would be used for investment in your country. Upon receipt of your positive reply, we will re-profile the entire approval documents with your details to conclude the transfer of funds to your receiving account designate.
Note that you will be entitled to 20% of the entire fund as compensation.
In conclusion, I guaranty that this transaction would be carried out under a legitimate arrangement without breach of the laws. Please keep this transaction to yourself and note that this transaction must be concluded within 10 working days.
Finally, if you choose to handle smaller amount, Mr. Khodorkovsky has cash fund of US$25Million in a storage facility in Europe and this cash fund would be released to you in person upon authorization by Mr. Khodorkovsky.
I wait your reply.
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