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Scam Email received 12/24/2022

Email From:


Sender Name:

Mikhail Fridman

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Email Subject:


BUSINESS PROPOSAL – MikhailFridmn@proton.me

Dear Friend, My Name is Mikhail Fridman Russian Oligarch, I have a lucrative business proposal, which I believe we could mutually benefit from. I am making this proposal personal and private, Let me use this opportunity to tell you a little about myself. I am a businessman from Russia and I have some cordial relationship with Vladimir Putin the Russian President so when the Ukraine Invasion started Putin knows his country will be sanction and he knows that any Russian Businessmen will all be affected so he hints some of his close ones to start withdrawing their money in US Dollars and keep as he knows US dollars can never depreciate like Russia currency. I was able to get some cash in total of (US$10.500,000,00) Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. I was able to get a Trunk Box and put the funds with some of my valuable and precious items. I deposited this Trunk Box with the help of a Red Cross Diplomat and a Pilot and locked it up with code with the hope that Putin will surrender and all my frozen accounts will be released but instead he has remained adamant to everyone’s pleas. I cannot continue like this anymore, that is why I want to be a silent Investor with you. I will inform my private and confidential Lawyer to draft an agreement between us. This agreement is to protect you and I and can only be taken up if any of us try to play smart on each other, we will also exchange International Passport for good familiarity. As soon as everything is perfected and both of us signed I will give you the private storage info as I would have given you power of Attorney to claim the Trunk Box on my behalf. I will give you more information when I read back from you and also forward all your questions and concerns and I will definitely give you a clear answer. As soon as I read from you I would like you to be dealing with my Lawyer as I do not want any traces from anyone. I await your prompt response. Please for now keep all our conversations confidential until you have received the Trunk Box as you know this is a delicate matter. Kindly notify me for more details of your self, if interested. Kind regards, Mikhail Fridman Mikhail Fridman – MikhailFridmn@proton.me

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