Alexander Dryano (scam warning)

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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.

From: Alexander Dryano
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016

Dear Sir,

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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Bangkok Bank Funds Transfer

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive ten million dollars? Scammers know it would, so they figure if they can convince you that there’s money waiting for you, that will make it easier for them to pick your pocket.

This is a standard advance fee fraud message that promises you a fortune, if only you’ll agree to the terms of the transfer. (Read more about how advance fee frauds work.) In fact, if you reply to the scammer, you’ll discover that you have to send a “transfer fee” or “bank tax,” and then the scammer will disappear and your non-existent fortune will vanish.

Reply-To: Bangkok Bank
From: Bangkok Bank
Subject: Transfer Notification …
Date: Sat, 11 Jul 2015

Dear Beneficiary,

kindly get back to us now for the Transfer of your funds $10,000,000.00 Via Swift Electronic wire transfer directly into your account in your Country as instructed by the Central Bank of Thailand.

We have been instructed to ensure you receive your Funds Payment transfer directly into your account within Five working Days.

Reply Fast for more details on your funds swift electronic wire transfer arrangement with the Bangkok Bank Thailand.

Yours faithfully.
Bangkok Bank. Head Office.
Address: 333 Silom Rd, Silom, Bang Rak.
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

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Kelly Motanga, Rich Orphan (scam alert)

Who wouldn’t want to help an orphan — especially a wealthy orphan who would like to share a fortune with you! Rich orphan scams are one of the classic types of advance fee fraud. They are the children of deposed dictators, or millionaire businessmen who died in plane crashes, and somehow they got your name and need your help. “Kelly Motanga” is the latest example:

From: “kelly”
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015

This mail may come to you as a surprise base on the fact that we have not met. Please I need your help my name is KELLY MOTANGA am 26 years of age the son of a late minister during the reign of President Mobutu SeseSeko in Democratic Republic of Congo I decide to contact you because I believe you are a reputable person and I felt you can help us over this confidential matter.

My father was killed during the rebel attack and our house was burnt down We manage to escape to IRELAND with my mum and kid sister where we are now taking refuge.

Before the death of my father he deposited 20 MILLION DOLLARS with a Security Company in Ghana. When my late father heard of the plot to kill him, he instructed the Security Company in Ghana to move the boxes containing the Money to OVERSEA by diplomatic Courier Service.

But unfortunately my Father could not escape out of CONGO he was eventually killed, though he could not claim the Boxes before his untimely death. The boxes is presently in Under the care of the Diplomat that moved it to OVERSEA is in the care of the diplomatic shipping company that take it to OVERSEA but the Diplomat or the Customs don’t know that it is Money that is in the Boxes.

My late father partner that we contact to help us receive the consignments is acting very greedy and we do not trust him anymore so my mum put a stop to the delivery of the consignments to him. Please we need you to help us receive the consignments in your custody.

More so, We need you to help us invest this money in a lucrative business your country and take us as one family and you will also buy a house for us over there where we can live safely. We are prepared to compensate you with 20% of the money for your assistance.

Please I am counting on your integrity and honesty to be able to handle this business transaction. I hope to hear from you soon.

Best Regards,
Kelly Motanga.

Unfortunately, if you reply, “Kelly” will string you along with a million stories until you’re the one sending the money, and then “Kelly” will disappear, never to be heard from again.

Irish National Lottery Promo (Scam Alert)

In the old days (a few years ago) lottery scam messages used to be very long and detailed. Some scammers seem to have now discovered that short messages work just as well—after all, the point is just to get you on the hook, and the phony details can be supplied later.

date: Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM
subject: You won £250,000,00 Contact Jack Robinson Esq via

You have been selected as a winner of £250,000 in the Irish National Lottery Promo.Contact agent Via Email: with your Bio-Data for claims

The key thing to remember about lotteries is: if you didn’t enter, you didn’t win. No legitimate lottery sends prizes to people who have never entered their contest.

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Mania Kalon’s Huge Deposit

This is a standard advance fee fraud message, with a delightful name (Mania Kalon). It claims a large amount of money is on deposit with a “security company” — a common scammer claim — but of course there is no money and no security company. It’s all a calculated lie to get you on the hook so the scammer can begin extracting money from you.

From: Mania Kalon
Subject: Anxiously waiting?
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2005 22:55:13 +0200

Hello Dear.

I am interested in your partnership in business dealing and I do not wish to take your time with a lenghty mail. I have a huge amount of money being deposited in a security company which I don’t want to disclose the exact amount for security reasons until you determined to transact with me and inform me of your willingness for further proceedure and explainational directives.

Sincerely Yours,

Mania Kalon.