This is a specific and familiar type of scam, one we might call the battlefield soldier scam. A dedicated soldier (at present usually an American soldier in Iraq) claims to have discovered a large quantity of cash, typically abandoned cash that belonged to a former dictator. Taking it wouldn’t really be stealing, since the dictator has been deposed and he was corrupt anyway. If you’ll just help move the money to your country, you can have a cut. No one will be harmed, and we’ll all be rich. What could be wrong with that?
from: JOHNSON WOOD (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 9:43 AM
subject: GOOD DAY 10/10/09:
My name is (staff Sgt.) Johnson Wood; i am an American soldier, serving in the Military with the army’s 3rd infantry division. i have a very desperate need for Assistance and have summed up courage to contact you.
I found your contact particulars in an address journal and I am seeking your kind Assistance to move the sum of Five million United States dollars (us$5,000,000) to you In your country, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care Until i complete my service here.
SOURCE OF MONEY
Some money in various currencies were discovered in barrels at a Farmhouse near one of saddam’s old palaces in tikrit-iraq during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by Staff Sgt.. Kenneth buff and i that some part of this money be shared Between us. My own share of the money is Five Million United State Dollars, which I want moved out immediately.
One Passionate appeal i will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should You have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any Leakage of this information will be too bad for the u.s. soldier’s here in Iraq.
I do not know how long we will remain here; month of May was the deadliest month for us out Here. Totally, we lost 127 men and i have been shot, wounded and survived two suicides Bomb attacks by the special grace of God.
This and other reasons i will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help. I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me as soon as Possible with my private e-mail address which is my only way of communication (e-mail: email@example.com)
May God bless you and your family.
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