If you start getting Nigerian scam e-mail offering thousands of barrels of crude oil, here’s why:

What Nigerians call bunkering and oil executives call rustling has hit the big time: criminal gangs are siphoning so much crude oil from pipelines in the Niger delta that they have started using tankers to spirit it away.

A Russian-registered tanker laden with 11,300 tonnes of allegedly stolen crude has become the latest vessel intercepted by the Nigerian navy in the gulf of Guinea…. Its crew of 18 Russians, two Romanians and two Georgians are in jail awaiting a court hearing.

So: Nigerian oil, Russian tanker, Russian-Romanian-Georgian crew. Another great example of the multiculturalization of crime.