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Can we do this together?

Scam Email received June 27, 2018 from sfarrar651@yahoo.com

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Can we do this together?

Can we do this together? – sfarrar651@yahoo.com

Hello friend, I hope this email finds you well. I request your understanding to acknowledge this proposal, for it is a life changing opportunity. My name is Sgt. James Farrarr, I&m an American soldier serving in the military here in Al-Qusayr, Syria, I&m in desperate need for your assistance and cooperation to move to you, the sum of $7.870 (Seven million eight hundred and seventy thousand US dollars). Hence, I can be assured my share will be safe in your care until I finish my service here. I have followed you for some time and decided to contact you for this transaction because you are a man of God therefore I am sure of your sincerity. Some money in barrels and various gem stones were discovered in a terrorist’s camp during one of our raids here in Syria. I and my crew members decided to split these currencies into two parts; gave one part to the Government (authority) then shared the other part among ourselves which the above amount is my own share of the money. We decided to share this money among ourselves due to the series of killings of soldiers here. Conveying this money out of this place became a barrier for me due to my active service in the military and the situation surrounding my background. I have carefully packaged the money in a box, and have made contact with a friend who is working with the air force under UNITED NATIONS here in Al-Qusayr. He will assist me move the consignment out of this warring zone down to United States, where it will be deposited with one of the United Nations SECRET SECURITY VAULT in United States as a diplomatic luggage. I told him that the luggage belongs to one of the doctors that died on raid here but before he gave up he pleaded me to make sure the luggage gets to his family. He will deposit the consignment for safe keeping and to make contacts for its proper use. I need trusted someone I can work with, that’s why I&m contacting you. Are you willing to secure this money for me once it is moved over to you, and until I finish my service in the military? If accepted I will put you forward as the beneficiary of the funds (consignment) and the consignment will be deposited on your name as the beneficiary and the United Nations will deliver the box to you anywhere in the world. I just need your acceptance and all is done. You are 100% assured the box will get to you without any hitch; as all arrangement will be made to proceed to your home for the smooth delivery. If you did not find any interest in this please discard and do not disclose it to anyone for security reason. Regards, Sgt. James Farrarr. sfarrar651@yahoo.com

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