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Witchy says:

"Dear friends,

I'm very glad to inform you that the days of meager salaries are over! I won't put euros away (saving them from my scanty Witchy-ish salary) into my piggy bank any more in order to get to the end of the month. Last night I received this message in my Outlook Express mailbox whose contents I want to share with you. Please, don't beg for loans or gifts because, yoouuu know, once I was a poor but generous witch but, since I'm going to be a full-fledged multi-millionaire in a few days, I will soon forget about friends and relatives and give nothing to anyone who asks me!"


This is Mr. Alexei Zakharenko's e-mail:

Dear friend ,

I am Mr. Alexei Zakharenko a personal treasurer to Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky The Richest man in Russia and owner of the following Companies: Chairman CEO: YUKOS OIL (Russian largest oil company) Chairman/CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (A well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world).

I have a profiling amount in excess of US$100.5M (!!!), which I seek your partnership in accommodating for me. You will be rewarded with 4% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you be my partner on this?

Witchy says:

"But if this company is so important, what do these people have to do with myself?"


Mr. Alexei Zakharenko writes:

As a personal consultant to him, authority was handed over to me in transfer of money of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mr.Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Already the funds have left the shore of America to a UK private bank where the final crediting is expected to be carried out. While I was on the process, My boss Mr. Mikhail Khodorkovsky got arrested for his involvement in politics by financing the leading and opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces, Led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party Led by Gregor Yavlinsky) which poses a treat to President Vladimir Putin second tenure as Russian president.

You can catch more of the story on this website:

Witchy says: "I know what you're going to tell me - it's all bullshit! - but it's true, I personally checked the links. Read below..."  
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Witchy says: "And there's even a photo of Mr. Steven M. Theede, Chief Executive Officer of YUKOS Oil Company!!! "I also checked the other links to know the rest of the story. It's all true!!!  




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Witchy says:


"Poor Khodorkovsky! He was like this (photo on the left), and now he's in such a miserable condition!!! (Photo on the right, of course...) "

This is the rest of the story, as it appears from the linked website!!!  

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YUKOS, one of Russia's largest oil concerns, turned vast resources in cold Siberia into cold cash. The oil producer had proved reserves of 14.7 billion barrels of oil and 7.9 trillion cu. ft. of gas. Once a state-owned company, YUKOS was led by entrepreneur and former majority-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky. However, he was arrested for alleged tax fraud in 2003 and resigned. That year YUKOS' bid to buy Sibneft, Russia's fifth-largest oil producer, fell through. In 2004 YUKOS filed for bankruptcy protection in the US; the US bankruptcy court later dismissed the filing for lack of jurisdiction. In the meantime, the Russian government auctioned YUKOS' main oil unit, Yuganskneftegaz, for $9.4 billion.

Witchy says:

If you like, you can also visit this site and read further about Mr Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Let's read the rest of of the story from Zakharenko's e-mail:


Mr. Alexei Zakharenko writes:


All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the funds and I will re-profile the funds with your name, which will enable the UK bank transfer the funds to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to America and never to be connected to any Of Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates. The transaction has to be concluded soon and as I confirm Your readinesses to conclude the transaction with me, I Will provide you with the details.Thank you very much.

Witchy says: "So this man is going to make me veeeery RICH... uhmmmm... how much? 4% of US$100.5M. It's such a large sum that I don't dare to reckon it... And what does he want from me? Only my bank details... Who cares? I haven't got a penny on my bank account!! If he decides to sponge it he will get a shock!!!! So, my friends, the truth is:  

The net is full of swindlers who send junk e-mail to thousands of people at virtually no cost! And never give them your personal information or, even worse, your bank details or credit card number: they will dry your bank account up if you're not as lucky as your Favourite Witch who is invunerable to these kinds of attacks due to the fact...

she owns nothing besides her magic wand!!!!"

This reading will be totally useless unless we do a comprehension test, don't you think SOOOO?!!

1st and last activity:
answer these questions to check your comprehension of the text.

Witchy says:

" I'm sure you've learned, by now, that it's better not to trust anyone with one's own sensitive information such as bank details and credit cards numbers, and not only on the Internet! Also, if you are chatting with people you don't know, don't ever tell them your name and address or telephone number. People in the chat rooms are not always what they say they are and surprises sometimes may be very disagreeable!! :-(("

From Russia with love


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