This email with the subject "Require your partnership to transfer $150 Million USD." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:28:42 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Albert"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Firstly, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this discussion which is confidential involving a pending transaction requiring maximum confidence and your co-operation. I am certain and have confidence in your reliability to prosecute this entire transaction.
I am the Executive Assistant (EA) to Mr. Mikhail Borisovich Khodorkovsky the Chairman/CEO of the YUKOS OIL CORPORATION (Russian Largest Oil Corporation) with branch offices worldwide.
As the (EA) to Mr. Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, some documents for $150 Million USD was handed over to me for the payment of a foreign contractor. Already Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky has released this funds $150 Million USD to Yukos Oil Corp Account with the Paying Bank in Asia from where the final wire transfer is expected to be carried out.
While I was working on the final release documents for transferring the funds, Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested. Mr. Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky who was considered as the most powerful of the Russian business oligarchs was later prosecuted and sentenced to (9) nine years in prison on charges of massive fraud and tax evasion.
See the website below to better understand the problem facing Mr. Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky:
The Russian government has filed new charges against Mr. Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky with an aim of keeping him in prison indefinitely. A wide variety of local & foreign politicians, civil activists and journalists considers the process leading to the imprisonment of Mr. Khodorkovsky to be politically motivated.
Mr. Khodorkovsky involvement and financial support for the opposition political party in Russia posed the greatest challenge ever to Vladimir V. Putin who happens to be the current Prime Minister of Russia and was formerly president from 2000 to May 7, 2008. It is widely believed that Vladimir Putin, and the many officials he placed in power during his presidency, will continue to exert significant influence on the government and politics of Russia for many years to come.
Therefore, I solicit your help so you can stand as the foreign contractor/beneficiary of the said funds after which we can re-profile all documents in your favour which would be forwarded to the Paying Bank in Asia for the wire transfer of $150 Million USD from the Yukos Oil Corp Account to you as final beneficiary.
Upon receipt of your immediate response, we shall discuss the compulsory modalities to see this transaction to successful conclusion. I have all necessary documents to secure the transfer of $150 Million USD in your favour.
Note that you will be entitled to 15% share of the total funds as your compensation for your assistance. I consequently request your maximum assistance and approvals to facilitate the transfer of the $150 Million USD from the Paying Bank where these huge funds were deposited.
In conclusion, I guarantee that this transaction would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of law.
I await your prompt reply.