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This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Advance Fee Fraud: Mikhail Khordokovsky

Those crazy 419ers are always looking for a real-world tale to back up their spurious claims of wealth beyond the dreams of avarice. In this particular case, one "Virgilio Servile" (I love that name, by the way -- I want a henchman with a name like that) claims to be associated with this particularly rich and infamous Russian. Beyond that, it's the usual case of "get in touch with us -- we have a few million dollars that need discreet repatriation, and although we've never heard of you, we trust you to do it for us, and we'll cut you in on the booty!" This particular cock and bull story has actually been around for a while now.

This spam was sent to an address that was harvested from Usenet. The address is a spamtrap -- it never receives any legitimate mail. It was received from ( -- note that is registered in South Africa) on Sat, 14 May 2005 21:32:57 -0000. The URLs in this particular spam are harmless -- they are just the kind of thing you would find if you did a search on "Mikhail Khordokovsky".

Dear sir,

I am Virgilio Servile and I represent Mr. Mikhail
Khordokovsky the
former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in Russia. I have a very
sensitive and confidential brief from this top (oligarch)
to ask
for your partnership in re-profiling funds over US$45
million. I
will give the details, but in summary, the funds are in
This is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid your
"management fees".

If you are interested, please write back by email and
provide me
with your confidential telephone number, fax number and
address and I will provide further details and
instructions. Please
keep this confidential; we can?t afford more political
Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two
Please write back promptly. I will also suggest you visit
news sites on the internet to be better informed about this

Write me back. I look forward to it.


Virgilio servile

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