Compensation scams

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr

Scam Email received June 28, 2018 from
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Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr

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Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr –

Sent from: Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr Greetings To You My name is General John W Nicholson Jr. I&m an American soldier,presently Serving in Afghanistan as Army General commander, I&m very desperate in need for your assistance, I have decided to contact you for your kind assistance to received the two military trunk boxes which contain the sum of $40,million united states dollars,which just arrived in USA from Afghanistan, if I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service. I want to invest this money and your assistance is urgently needed to accomplish this task. I am ready to compensate you with 30% of the $40 million USD for your assistance. I do not know how long we will remain here. I will explain further when i get a response from you. Kindly contact me this email address below: you can watch this video, is my video/ Sorry if you may receive this message in your spam due to the poor network failure. God Bless You. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr Kabul Afghanistan US ARMY

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