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From: Alexei Zakharenko <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 13:34:39 +0200
Subject: I Need Your Urgent Assistance!
I am Mr Alexei Zakharenko a personal treasurer to Mikhail Khodorkovsky
the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies:Chairman/CEO:YUKOS OIL (Russian
Most Largest Oil Company) Chairman /CEO:Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with
its branches all over the world)
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
I have a profiling amount in an excess of FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLAR , which I seek
your partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your
partnership. Can you be my partner on this?
INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF
As a personal consultant to him, authority was handed over to me in transferof money of an American oil
merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Already the funds have left the shore of Russia to an European private bank where the final crediting is
expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement in
politics by financing the leading opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces,led by Boris
Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by
Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses treat to President Vladimir Putin second tenure
as Russian president.
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will re-profile the funds
with your name, which will enable the European bank transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this
sum to relocate to American continent and never to be connected to any of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
The transaction has to be concluded before Mikhail Khodorkovsky is out from jail. As soon as I confirm
your readiness to conclude the transaction with me, I will provide you with the details. You can reach me
on my private and confidentail email email@example.com .
Thank you very much.
Alexei Zakharenko (Mr)