We have received reports that there are spam email messages circulating that contain links to this site. This can sometimes indicate a concerted attempt to get a site shut down by their hosting provider or blacklisted in spam directories. However, such actions, when concerted, usually involve the spoofing of IP addresses to further the number and gravity of abuse complaints. We have received a copy of one of the messages, which is reproduced below. It contains a link to a collection of news items we posted in April regarding the former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, and his supposed looting of the country’s banks prior to his departure from office. The message says that it is from a Taras Shevchenko, who claims to be a “family lawyer” to the former president, and is offering to tell you about the $1 Billion that the president is hiding. He’ll let you have $300 million if you’ll only be discrete about it. The message is also careful to apologize if it “offends your moral values”. A major problem with this story is that Taras Shevchenko was a Ukranian poet and artist who died in 1861. Also, the message appears to have originated from an IP address in Lagos, Nigeria (188.8.131.52) and was routed through a mail server at “Renaissance University” in Hong Kong (184.108.40.206). If anyone has received copies of this or similar emails, please send us a copy or use our secure upload form.
Return-Path: <email@example.com> Received: from mail.renaissance.edu.hk (mail.renaissance.edu.hk [220.127.116.11] (may be forged)) by echohome.org (8.12.8/8.12.8) with ESMTP id o6JKmKgC020452 for <x>; Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:48:20 -0400 Received: from webmail.renaissance.edu.hk (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by mail.renaissance.edu.hk (Postfix) with ESMTP id BEB822912C91; Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:51:13 +0800 (HKT) Received: from 18.104.22.168 (SquirrelMail authenticated user 12wongc4) by webmail.renaissance.edu.hk with HTTP; Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:51:18 +0800 (HKT) Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:51:18 +0800 (HKT) Subject: Re: I am Tars Shevchenko, reply asap. From: "Taras Shevchenko" <email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org User-Agent: SquirrelMail/1.4.17 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain;charset=iso-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit X-Priority: 3 (Normal) Importance: Normal To: undisclosed-recipients:; X-Virus-Scanned: ClamAV version 'ClamAV 0.96/11322/Mon Jul 5 11:01:02 2010', clamav-milter version '0.60p' Status: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 3.2//EN"> <HTML> <HEAD> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> <META NAME="Generator" CONTENT="MS Exchange Server version 6.5.7036.0"> <TITLE>Re: I am Tars Shevchenko, reply asap.</TITLE> </HEAD> <BODY> <!-- Converted from text/plain format --> Greetings, I am Taras Shevchenko, a solicitor at law and a family Lawyer to the former President of Kyrgyzstan (President Kurmanbek Bakiev ) who is now in a big problem for looting the country's money . To cut the story short log on to https://publicintelligence.net/former-kyrgyzstan-president -looted-banks-prior-to-revolution/ or go to google search with (President Kurmanbek Bakiev) then you will get the full information about President Kurmanbek Bakiev. The President Kurmanbek Bakiev deposited (One Billion United States Dollars) in a bank abroad in my name. Because of his problems, I want to invest this money in your Country with your help, because the fund has been there for along time since 30th of June 2009 with out any service charge, that's why I seek your consent to help me invest this money in your country and the Fund US$1Billion can be paid to your private or<BR> company's account as an investment fund. All legal documents to back up your claim as my investment partner will be provided, All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. This transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. I must use this opportunity to implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter extraordinary confidential, whatever your decision, while I await your prompt response. However, I feel very safe to use a stranger for this investment. Meanwhile, this deal is 100% risk free because no body knows that the money belongs to President Kurmanbek Bakiev and you will be offered 30% of US$1Billion for your help. Yours sincerely, Taras Shevchenko ( email@example.com )