Sunday, March 16, 2008

Fantasy vs. Reality

I got what is quite possibly the most awesome version of the Nigerian bank fraud e-mail just now. Usually, the letters arrive addressed to my last name only, and insist that I'm next in line to receive gobs of cash if only I will help assist in a wire transfer. You know the drill. But the event that causes the money to become available is never anything high profile, so I simply assume it's not in fact real.

Someone who writes these e-mails to sell to various scammers must have decided that some credibility was in order, given the content of this new e-mail:


Good Day Friend,
I am Mrs.Marina Litvinenko,wife of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian
security officer who died in a London hospital after apparently being poisoned
with the highly-toxic metal thallium by Mr Lugovoi,a Russian Government Paid
agent.

Your can read articles about my Husband's ordeal via the websites below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6162562.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6708103.stm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=49000
7&in_page_id=1770&ct=5
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6163502.stm
http://new .bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6904066.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6679853.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5416238.stm

Please i want you to assist me remove USD$3.5M given to my husband before his
death by Mr Berezovsky,A Russian Billionaire Exiled in UK for exposing an alleged
plot to assassinate him by the Russian Authority and to investigate the death of
Anna Politkovskaya,a Russian Journalist believed to have equally been poisoned by
the Kremlin for writing a book:The Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy
depicted Russia as a country where human rights are routinely trampled.

The Funds are deposited with a security firm in Europe and because of fear,i will
beg you to assist us remove the funds for investment in your country.

As soon as i receive your response,i will send you the documents of the funds. I
intend releasing 15% of these funds to for your assistance.

Best Regards,

Mrs.Marina Litvinenko


As I'm somewhat of a slavophile, I wish I could suggest that I'm somehow, ever so remotely, related to the intrigue that surrounded Alexander Litvenenko's death. Sadly, I know that to be but wishful thinking.

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