It's been a while since Nigerian spam, aka 419 scam emails, came only from Nigeria. Spammers use every method they can to hook trusting users - they're ready to make use of any region or country which is perceived as being corrupt or volatile in any way.
At the end of March, spam analysts at Kaspersky Lab encountered a mass mailing of 419 messages, which traditionally include a request for help in transferring funds, or cashing assets in return for a substantial percentage of the overall sum mentioned. In this case, the scammers are going under the guise of a Russian financial analyst. Of course, this analyst doesn't actually exist. And any user who thinks that s/he'll be able to make an easy profit by contacting the scammers is mistaken - s/he is very very unlikely to receive the promised sum and is more likely to find his/ her bank account emptied.
This is a typical 419 scam. However, it has a couple of interesting points:
But let's call things by their real names. This is a 419 scam, no doubt about it - it just takes a slightly different approach.