Who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? The so-called “Nigeria Connection” takes advantage of such dreams and has been making good money for years with pumped-up emails. The security software development specialists Emsi Software are now warning of a new “Russian Connection”. The millions are now being promised from the Kremlin.
What is the Nigeria Connection?
Since 1988, large numbers of emails have been sent over the whole world, mostly from Nigeria. The tone of these mails is always the same: Someone has “found” a few million dollars lying in an orphaned bank account and is looking for a partner willing to make their bank account available for transferring the money out of the country. The account holder is offered a commission of up to 10 percent for their help.
With several million dollars, this commission is naturally worth the effort. This temptation has resulted in many users falling for this trick offer. Anyone taking up this offer without considering the illegal money-laundering nature of the whole process will not become rich but rather cleaned out. The victims must always first front up with a few thousand dollars – for expenses, bribes, documents. In the end it is always the same – no money, just expenses.
Christian Mairoll, the General Manager of Emsi Software GmbH, says: “When an email offer sounds too good to be true, then it is definitely not true.”
Emsi Software warns of the “Russian Connection”
Same approach, different source. Emsi Software warns of the first mails from the newly established “Russian Connection”. The mails currently in circulation claim to come from Russia – directly from Moscow and Kremlin circles, where millions are in fact invested in oil, heavy industry and other raw materials.
Christian Mairoll says: “The Russians are not taking half measures. In the mails we have seen, up to 52 million Euros are to be smuggled out of the country. Anyone willing to allow their bank account to be used for this is promised a commission of 8 percent. Since a warning is always necessary, we therefore provide the following warning: This is a hoax and completely fraudulent. Anyone answering this type of mail is immediately asked for payment for non-existent expenses. Any and all such mails from the “Russian Connection” must be immediately deleted.”
Example of a “Russian Connection” email
I am Andrei Raz***hov, I have a business brief which might interest you on the instruction of a business tycoon in Moscow whose business interest spans crude oil refining, mining, construction, real estate and tourism.
Over the past years the policies of the Kremlin has not been favorable towards his business and more importantly towards his person who seem to have a different political view from that of the Kremlin. Without boring you with politics of Russia, I will go straight to the point to ask for your cooperation to discreetly re-profile funds worth 52.2 Million euro own by this business tycoon from its present location via a bank in eastern Europe to a new investment location.
You will be paid 8% for your ‘management consultancy fees’, if we are able to reach terms. If you are interested, please write back to my senior colleague Mr. Andrev Sl**vik at **** and provide your telephone number and private e-mail address and he will provide further details.
Write back, we wait for your response.
A new hobby: Bother crooks
There is not much you can do about such scams, because still many users believe these emails. Some creative minds in the Web, however, thought that if we can not stop this nonsense, then at least we can try to steal the fraudsters as much time as possible to ensure that they don’t spend too much time on other victims. There are some very entertaining projects such as www.419eater.com and www.thescambaiter.com where you can find lots of funny stories and hall of shame picture galleries.
Have a Great (Malware-Free) Day!