Spam: Aleksei Ivanov - broken Mercedes Benz in Kaluga, Russia
I received the following email about a troubled car owner in Russia. Out of curiosity I replied and received a follow-up message.
Both e-mails were bulk-mailed to many recipients. The first email was sent from an IP address in Sweden (188.8.131.52), the second one from an IP address in the Netherlands (184.108.40.206). It seems very unlikely that the sender lives in two countries. Perhaps the emails were sent through hijacked third-party computers in those countries to obscure the real sender.
The second mail mentions that the car owner lives in Kaluga, 160 km from Moscow. This immediately reminded me of the Valentin Mikhaylin scam run by a scammer in that same city, who has been sending out thousands of emails to deceive people all over the world for many years.
The phone number listed in the second mail (+7-960-5145083) is a (non-geographic) mobile phone number, so the person could be anywhere in Russia (or even outside of Russia with global roaming).
If you have received these same e-mails and have replied, I would advise that you use utmost caution!
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