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Ministry of Propaganda - 29/Aug/2005: "Russia Connection"

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Russia Connection

Most internet users and in particular bloggers will probably have heard of the Nigeria Connection or 419 fraud. I usually receive several of them every week, usually claiming that they have money from an African dictator/ deceased business man/ widow of the before (delete as appropriate) to get out of the country. For good measure occasionally the odd Asian or Iraqi one is thrown in as well. But today I received the first Russian version of it:

From: Mrs.Monica Salois <>

Subject: YUKOS OIL

Name: Monica Salois

Dear friend,

I am Mrs. Monica Salois, an American from Idaho, based in Russia, 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 it’s Branches all over the world)

SOURCE OF FUNDS: I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$100.5M, which I seek your Partnership in accommodating for me.

You will be rewarded with 4% 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 transfer of money of an American oil merchant For his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Already the funds have left the shores 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 a treat to President Vladimir Putin Second Tenure as Russian president. You can catch more of the story on This website:

YOUR ROLE: All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary to 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 conglomerates. As Soon as I confirm your readiness to conclude the transaction with me, I Will provide you with the details.

Thank you very much


Monica Salois (Mrs.)

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Why do I have the funny feeling that Monica Salois doesn't exist? Could it be the dodgy spelling? Could it be that it sounds exactly like all the other mails? Could it be that it sounds too good to be true? (Get on with it! Ed.) The only question remaining is if these are the same African scammers trying a new tactic or if the Russians have finally picked up on it. (As if you really care... Ed.)

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