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419 Scam – Yukos oil scam

In these emails the scammers claim to be associates of arrested Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky. They seek your help in moving millions of dollars in secret funds through your bank account, promising you a slice of it, but first you must send money to a securities company, lawyer or bank.

As far as we can tell this scam has no connection to Russia whatsoever. The criminals are based in Africa, where all emails are sent from. It's the classic Nigerian fraud with a slightly modified storyline. Payments to the criminals appear to be made through a gang member in Gibraltar and possibly other locations in Europe.

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Yukos scam example:

From: Dr Sergey Vilkov <sergeyvilkov@yukos.org.uk>
Date: May 3, 2006 9:17 PM
Subject: Greeting From Dr.Sergey Vilkov
To:



Hello Friend,

I am Dr. Sergey Vilkov . 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 $42.3 Million. I will give
the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via Federal
Ministry Of Finance Russia. This is a legitimate transaction. You
will be paid 10% for your "Management Fees".

If you are interested, provide me with your confidential telephone
number, fax number and email address and I will provide further
details and instructions. Please keep this confidential; we can't
afford more political problems. Finally, please note that this must
be concluded within two weeks.

Please advice me on your position by email immediately via
dr_sergeyvilkov@katamail.com , as i look forward to your mail
Regards,
Dr.Sergey Vilkov

SERGEY VILKOV / s.vilkov@btinternet.com

Dear Firstname Lastname,

Thank you for your response email.
Before I am able to give out the information that will enable you access confidential data-pages of Mikhail, I would need some information as follows:

I sent our current conversational status to Moscow and have received the authority to precede discussions with you, and get some clarifications both ways.

(1) What is your net worth? I do not need an exact figure from you; all I wish to enquire is if you possess the capacity to receive such a hugeamount of funds.

(2) If you have problems, would that affect the activities you undertake with us as an individual rather than a corporate entity?

(3) Have you handled large funds, and successfully?

(4) Can you travel to sign the funds release documents within short notice of say three
days?

All the answers you will provide will be kept very confidential. I must explain why we are asking these questions: If you do have existing profile problems, we may end up inheriting your backlog thus creating a problem where none exist.

Our Present Situation:
As you see, our assets are frozen in Switzerland, and while we have excess of USD5Billion lying there, we are unable to liquidate them, or use them as guarantee for payment of the USD3.5 Billion back taxes inflicted on us by the government. If the situation does not improve, we shall be bankrupt before the end of second quarter next year.

Our Mission:
We intend to liquidate a large investment, and take the capital appr.derivative to provide a new investment fund, under your management,for future investments, thus negating any requirements for taxation or declaration of process for income generation.

The funds being liquidated arise from independent investments of the group, outside the Russian soil, so we can legitimately do so, only if this is done quietly.If the authorities hear about this, we shall have to tender it or hearing in international judicial systems, and that will kill us.

Why we need your Assistance:
We wish to present you, as the beneficiary (Contractor) to an amount of funds totaling USD42.3M, which is the amount the Russian Federal Ministry of Finance, owes the Gibraltar Portfolio an arm of Yukos investment that is yet to be infected by the Moscow led govt. of Mr. Putin. In this regard, we intend to have stand as the beneficiary for us so that the sums would be re-directed and transferred in your favor because if we come out in our names to have the funds transferred to us we will have problems with the govt. of Mr. Putin owing to the fact that there is already an existing political problem.

Let it be known that the funds will be coming from Bank Menatep once the Federal Ministry of Finance signs the payment order. We intend to solicit with Mikhail Khordokovsky for advice on how the funds would be transmitted to any of the corresponding banks in Europe since the funds is huge and to have these large sums transferred to you all at once will raise eyebrow in your country. Mr. Mikhail Khordokovsky hence will recommend the offshore paying bank that will affect the final wire transfer of the funds to your bank account in your country little by little.

At that, the funds will be transferred to you installmentally per your advice. You know your country better; hence you will provide us with instructions on how you want the funds wired to you {in how many installments} so that we eschew any form of problems that may arise in your country.

All arrangements are well put together because this transaction is a legitimate one and the amount in question is all we have left. Hence answer the questions in honesty, and let us know we are comfortable with you. We shall provide you with an input as an entity with no history to the investment, only as a management consultant.

To this end, we are asking that you keep your knowledge of this transaction and the existence of the funds personal/discreet until you have successfully taken full possession of the funds.

The reason is to maintain a very good level of confidentiality per the safety of the funds cum my security as well in the Russian soil. We cannot afford more political crisis.

I await your response so we move forward.
Regards,
Dr.Sergey Vilkov

Message headers:

Received: from [85.214.59.14] by web86201.mail.ukl.yahoo.com
 via HTTP; Mon, 08 May 2006 23:31:44 BST
Date: Mon, 8 May 2006 23:31:44 +0100 (BST)
From: SERGEY VILKOV <s.vilkov@btinternet.com>
Subject: More Details


Another example:

Dear friend,

I have a profiling amount in an excess of US$423M, which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you be my partner on this?

INTRODUCTION OF MY SELF:
I am Ms.KIMAEVA LIOUDMILA, a personal secretary to Mikhail Khodorkovsky the richest man in Russia and owner of the following companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian Most Largest Oil Company) Chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world)

SOURCE OF FUNDS:
The documents of the above funds in question was handed over to me to be used in payment of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Already the funds have been deposited with ACCESS TRESURY SERVICES PLC UK ,where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My Boss got arrested for his involvement on politics in 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 treat to President Vladimir Putin second tenure as Russian president. You can catch more of the story on this
http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html

YOUR ROLE:
All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above quoted sum and I will arrange for the documentation which will enable ACCESS TRESURY SERVICES PLC UK 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. The transaction has to be concluded in 2 weeks before Mikhail Khodorkovsky is out on bail.

As soon as I get your willingness to comply through my most private email address [kim303@di-ve.com] I will give you more details.

Thank you very much
Regards

KIMAEVE LIOUDMILA

When contacted, "MRS LIOUDMILA" sent the following reply:

Dear Sir,
Thanks for your prompt response to my mail.This is a very urgent and trustworthy business transaction.
Like I said in my first letter, I am representing Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky (m.k.) and would like to ask for your partnership in re-profiling funds over US$450 million I sent our current conversational status to Moscow and have received the authority to proceed with you, and get some clarifications both ways.
Before I am able to give out the information that will enable you access confidential data-pages of mikhail, I would need some information as follows:
(1) What is your net worth?
(2) If you have problems, do they affect your activites you undertake with us as an individual rather than a corporate entity?

(3) Have you handled large funds, and was successfully?
All the answers will be kept very confidential. I must explain why we are asking these questions: If you do have existing profile problems, we may end up inheriting your backlog thus creating a problem where none exist. We intend to liquidate a large investment, and take the capital appr. derivative to provide a new investment fund, under your management, for future investments, thus negating any requirements for taxation or declaration of process for income generation. However, if you do have issues prior to this, it puts anything you do in the light, and thus puts us in uncomfortable situation. As you see, our assets are frozen in switzerland, and while we have excess of USD5b lying there, we are unable to liquidate them, or use them as guarantee for payment of the USD3.5b lying there, we are unable to liquidate them, or use them as guarantee for payment of the USD3.5b backtaxes inflicted on us by the government. If the situation does not improve, we shall be bankrupt before the end of forth quarter this year. The funds being liquidated arise from independent investments of the group, outside the russian soil, so we can legitimately do so, only if this is done quietly. If the authorites hear about this, we shall have to tender it for hearing in international judicial systems, and that will kill us. Hence answer the questions in honesty, and let us know we are confortable with you. We are trying to ensure that you do not put us in any trouble, and likewise, we shall provide you with an input as an entity with no history to the investment, only as a management consultant.
Everybody must be safe now and in the future, hence the questions.
I represent Mr. Mikhail khordokovsky, the former C.E.O of Yukos in Russia. I am sure you know of his predicaments presently. this is why we need your help I received your positive position hence this email to you based on his advice. I am sure you are up to date with m.k and Mr. putin.Mr. p is intent in destroying m.k and his business empire,We are working to get a break from the courts and we will need all the cash call we can muster to hold our head above waters in the coming days. The Gibraltar portfolio is one of our arms yet to be infected by the Moscow led fed tax offensive designed to bring us down and we need you to help us keep it so. We need funds from this portfolio and we can not get the funds on our own without arousing moscow. To avoid this we need to completely reprofile the funds from Gibraltar portfolio in your name so as to turn away Moscow and their ally from us. The complete amount available for you for reprofiling ispresently over $500m and the 40% still stands.
The new beneficiaries of the portfolio will need to offset the back taxes to the authorites in Gibraltar and move the funds online over the internet through a dedicated confidential bank access that I will obtain from m.k in Moscow through existing channel of communications. Once I get your name or company name, address, for identity toreplace that of m.k and reprofile the portfolio accordingly, then I will get the bank access across to you to access the portfolio, pay the back taxes to the authorites and move the funds to another account we will provide you in monte carlo and you keep the 40% as agreed. please write back promptly.I will also suggest you visit these news sites on the internet to be better informed about this projet.
http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html
http://www.supportmbk.com/mbk/mbk_bio.cfm
http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Mikhail_B._Khodorkovsky
http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/moscow/khodorkovskyinterview.html
http://www.fores.com/finance/lists/75/2004/LIR.jhtml?passListId=75& passYear=2004&passListType=Person&uniqueId=M1IF&datatype=Person
http://mikhail_khodorkovsky_society.blogspot.com/
Yours truly
Ms Lioudmila.

NB: Find attached is my company id.
Kindly send yours to me for me to know whom precisely i am dealing with.

The fake ID sent by "KIMAEVA LIOUDMILA" is Here. Note how these guys screwed up on the second line, when they printed the Russian (Cyrillic) name in a Latin font.

The email headers show where this email came from:

Return-Path: <kimaeve707@yahoo.com>
Received: from 68.142.200.64  (HELO web30001.mail.mud.yahoo.com)
 (68.142.200.64) by mta188.mail.dcn.yahoo.com 
 with SMTP; Tue, 08 Feb 2005 03:17:54 -0800
Received: (qmail 81240 invoked by uid 60001); 8 Feb 2005 11:17:53 -0000
Received: from [213.255.255.245]
 by web30001.mail.mud.yahoo.com via HTTP;
 Tue, 08 Feb 2005 03:17:53 PST
Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 03:17:53 -0800 (PST)
From: kimaeve lioudmila 
Subject: Thanks for your mail.
To: emailaddress

WHOIS information for IP 213.255.255.245:

     inetnum:      213.255.255.0 - 213.255.255.255
     netname:      SYSTEMPLUS-LIMITED
     org:          ORG-SLS2-RIPE
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Here is a similar one:

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Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 17:50:46 +0000
Message-ID: <41BEE27A0000C451@cpfe2.be.tisc.dk>
From: "slonb@tiscali.dk " 
Subject: HI
Reply-To: slonbreth@yahoo.com
To: emailaddress, jessegore@tiscali.dk
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-15"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Attn

I,representing mr. mikhail khodorkovsky (M.K.) and would like to ask for
your partnership in re-profiling funds over US$423 million. I will give
the details, but in summary, the funds are coming via private bank and th=
is
is a legitimate transaction. You will be paid 4% for your "management 
fees".

If you are interested, please write back and I will provide further 
instructions.
Keep this confidential.
Finally, please note that this must be concluded within a short time.
Write me back. I look forward to it.

Mr Olson Berghart.

Sending network (IP 81.199.6.62):

     inetnum:      81.199.6.0 - 81.199.6.255
     netname:      BEST-1
     descr:        Best Communications, Nigeria
     country:      NG
     admin-c:      CN574-RIPE
     tech-c:       CN574-RIPE
     status:       ASSIGNED PA
     notify:       lir@ipplanet.net
     mnt-by:       AS12491-MNT
     mnt-routes:   AS12491-MNT
     changed:      lir@ipplanet.net 20040429
     source:       RIPE
     
     person:       Chukwudi Nweke
     address:      8 Lawason Road, Surulere
     address:      Lagos
     address:      Nigeria
     phone:        +234 1288 5178
     e-mail:       chukwuditc@yahoo.co.uk
     nic-hdl:      CN574-RIPE
     notify:       lir@ipplanet.net
     changed:      lir@ipplanet.net 20040429
     source:       RIPE


"Yuriy Lagutin"


Dear Friend,

Like I said in my first letter, I am representing Mr. Mikhail 
Khodorkovsky and would like to ask for your partnership in 
re-profiling funds over US$450 million. I sent our current 
conversational status to Moscow and have received the authority 
to proceed with you. I am sure you know of his predicaments presently. 
This is why we need your help. I am sure you are up to date with 
Mr. Khordokovsky and Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin is intent on destroying 
Mr. Khordokovsky and his business empire. We are working to get a 
break from the courts and we will need all the cash call we can 
muster to hold our head above waters in the coming days.

As you see, our assets are frozen in switzerland, and while we 
have excess of USD5billion lying there, we are unable to liquidate 
them, or use them as guarantee for payment of the USD3.5billion 
backtaxes inflicted on us by the government. If the situation does 
not improve, we shall be bankrupt before the end of second quarter 
of this year.

The Gibraltar portfolio is one of our arms yet to be infected by 
the Moscow led fed tax offensive designed to bring us down and we 
need you to help us keep it so. We need funds from this portfolio 
and we can not get the funds on our own without arousing Moscow. 
To avoid this we need to completely reprofile the funds from 
Gibraltar portfolio in your name so as to turn away Moscow and 
their ally from us. The complete amount available for reprofiling 
is presently over $450M and you will receive 4% for your assistance.

The funds being liquidated arise from independent investments of 
the group, outside the Russian soil, so we can legitimately do so, 
only if this is done quietly. If the authorites hear about this, 
we shall have to tender it for hearing in international judicial 
systems, and that will kill us. Everybody must be safe now and 
in the future.

Once I get your name or company name, address, telephone and fax 
numbers inclusive as well as banking informations for identity to 
replace that of Mr. Khordokovsky and reprofile the portfolio 
accordingly, then I will get the bank access across to you to 
access the portfolio and move the funds to another account we will 
provide you and you keep the 4% as agreed. Please write back promptly. 

I am presently in London from where I will be handling the transaction 
with you for confidential reasons. My telephone number is 44-704-010-6215 
and fax: 44-870-130-8875. 

Please respond quickly.

Regards,

Yuriy Lagutin.

Message headers:

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WHOIS details for sending network (IP 81.199.108.18):

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     person:         Yakubu Adamu
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Dr. Jan Misianik

Hello Friend,

I am Dr. Jan Misianik. and I represent Mr. Mikhail Khordokovsky the
former C.E.O of Yukos Oil Company in Russia. I have a very sensitive and
confidentialbrief from this top (oligarch) to ask for your partnership in
re-profiling funds US$42.3 Million. I will give the details, but in summary,
the funds are coming via Bank Menatep. This is a legitimate transaction.
You will be paid 10% for your "Management Fees".

If you are interested, please write back by ail:janmisianik@london.net
and provide me with your confidential telephone number,fax number and
email address and I will provide further details and instructions. Please
keep this confidential; we can't afford more political problems.

Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two weeks.Please
write back promptly.Write me back. I look forward to it.

Regards,
Dr. Jan Misianik.

Message headers:

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From: "bob vaye" <bobvaye1@webmail.co.za>
Subject:mutual business proposal
To: bobvaye1@webmail.co.za

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