I'm sure by now that many of you have received or been aware of scam emails wherein an individual, usually claiming to be a government official from an African country, try to solicit funds from you with the promise of returning the favor at a later date to include an even larger payout. All they ask is that you forward your account information to them in order to initiate the transfer... Well, tonight I received a new twist on this theme, whereby a supposed Russian ham needs cash to help his invalid mother, get through the cold Russian winter, etc... I've pasted it below, so all of you can read it for yourselves. This clown is such an idiot that even though he claims to be a ham, he doesn't include his call! What do you expect from cybertrash like this anyway... -Ken, N2OBY Dear Colleague, Please excuse me for any inconvenience caused by this message. I'm a radio amateur and have decided to appeal to you because of our hopeless situation. My name is Valentin, I'm a student and I live with my mother and brother in the city of Kaluga, Russia. My mother is an invalid because she lost her sight. She does not see and she receives a pension very rare from the government which is not enough even for supporting our lives. My brother is a heavy invalid too, because of the accident happened 5 years ago. A big part of his body is paralyzed. The corrupt government does not pay any pension to him and to many other Russian invalids. During several years I take care of my mother and brother. I have a small piece of land in the forest where grow vegetables during the summer. But this summer was very hot and it was not raining, therefore all the vegetables withered. I'm very afraid that the cold winter is setting in and I do not know what my family could eat afterwards. Several months ago I sold my radio equipment, but it did not help to keep us alive for a long time. Therefore all of us are doomed to starvation and death. The only chance we have to survive is to use public access to the internet at our school to appeal to you directly for help. If you have any old warm clothes which you are not using anymore, as well as anything that is possible to eat, I would be more than happy if you could send it to our home address is: Valentin Mihailin, Ryleeva Street, 6-45 Kaluga. 248030 Russia. If you think that it would be better to send some money, please write me back and I will give you details on the best way of sending it safely. It is a very good way to help, because of the crisis food-stuffs in Russia are very cheap. I pray very much for your help and I hope to hear from you soon. 73, Valentin and my family. Kaluga. Russia.