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Alexander_Litvinenko_narrowweb__300x423,0.jpg If I had a nickel for every time I get an e-mail promising me a pot of gold at the end of some bizarre international rainbow, I'd probably be a very rich man.Most try to present themselves as official documents of some kind, claiming I have been randomly selected out of millions of people around the world to receive some kind of mystery inheritance.I always wonder who actually responds to these and if anyone actually believes there is even a shred of legitimacy to them.Anyway, I thought I'd seen them all - until a friendly reader sent me the following which he received earlier this week.It's the same basic bogus set-up, but with a bit of a current events twist. Anyone else out there get this? Or ever follow up on these kinds of scams?(PS - Here's a game - try and count the spelling and grammatical errors contained in the oh-so official legal documents!)***Atten,I am Barr Edward A. Cole, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Late Mr. Alexander Litvinenko, A Russian ex-Spy in London who was poison with polonium-210 and died on the 23rd of November 2006 at the University College Hospital here in Central London. Before his death my client made a secret and confidential confession to me that he was poisoned by his Russian Associates.Two weeks before his death my client told me that he lodged a consignment worth ($5 million Dollars) in a depository firm in abroad which i cannot disclose to you now but he tagged the consignment to be Photographic materials for export i.e. the Finance Security firm are not enlighten about the content of the consignment. As his personal Attorney i believe that his associates will be coming after me because my client never told me why they poisoned him rather in his confession he told me not to disclose to anyone (Associates OR Family) about the fund.Firstly this transaction will require funding, you will be ready to travel and claim the consignment from the security firm and immediate preparation of memorandum agreement that will establish a structural relationship between us and also spell out your 40% for your assistance and the working conditions for investment with you in your country, I assure you 100% risk free in this transaction now or in future and will be no trace of the transfer,Sincerely,Barrister Edward A. ColeNB. Please be informed that this is very confidential and should be a top secret, if you are interested.*****

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About Mike McIntyre

Journalist, national radio show host, author, pundit and cruise director ... Mike McIntyre loves to keep busy.

Mike is the justice reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he has worked since 1997. He produces and hosts the weekly talk radio show Crime and Punishment, which runs on the Corus Radio Network in several Canadian cities.

Born and bred in Winnipeg, Mike graduated from River East Collegiate and completed his journalism studies in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

He and his wife, Chassity, have two children.

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