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Spammers into Russian oil

by Nikola Strahija on January 17th, 2006 The old 'help me get my money back for a fee' trick has gone from African coasts to harsh Russian winter. Fraudsters are attempting to fool computer users into thinking they are in line to receive money from a jailed Russian oil tycoon through an aggressive new spam campaign.

The spam email poses as a message from the personal secretary of billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky and offers recipients $8m providing they'll "help transfer" around $40m of Khodorkovsky's fortune. Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of Russian oil firm Yukos, is serving an eight-year jail sentence for tax and fraud offences.

Sophos warned that the scam emails might be used as a ploy to dupe users into handing over details of their bank accounts as an intro to possible identity fraud, as well as stringing people along in an attempt to hand over bogus advance fees for money that never materialises.

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