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Fraud email example:
From: "Larisa Sosnoitskaya" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 06:57:57 +0000
Subject: Business Proposal!
I am Mrs. Larisa Sosnitskaya a personal treasurer to Mikhail
Khodorkovsky the Richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies,
Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep
SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its Branches all over
SOURCE OF FUNDS:
I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$46M, (Forty Six Million U.S.A
Dollar) which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me.Which you will
be rewarded with 20% of the total sum for your partnership.
INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF:
As a personal consultant to him, authority Was handed over to me in
transfer of 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 And 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 and he is
presently in Jail now.
You can catch more of the story on This website:
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 another continent and never to
be connected to any of Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates.
As Soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude the transaction with me, I
Will provide you with the details.
For Further correspondence, please contact me through this email:
email@example.com, as any response outside this mail would not be
Thank you very much.
Mrs Larisa Sosnitskaya.