Scam Email received 7/7/2020
Sgt Brian Joseph
***SPAM(31.1)*** Good Morning!!!!
***SPAM(31.1)*** Good Morning!!!! – email@example.com
Dear Friend, My name is (Sgt) Brian Joseph, I’m an American soldier serving in the military with the Army’s 3rd Infantry division Iraq but now redeployed to Afghanistan. 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’m seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of Eight Million United States Dollars (US$8M) to you in the United States 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: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm Some money in various currencies were discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near 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 both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first . This does not sound right to do but I tell you what! No compensation can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole, of which my brother in-law was killed by a road side bomb last time. The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me but with the help of a British contact working here and with his office enjoying some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. He does not know the real content of the package as he believes that it belongs to a British/American Medical doctor who died in a raid in Iraq, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family in united States. I have now found a very secured way of getting the package to you at home for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I ‘m sure that you are willing to assist me and that the money will be well secured in your hands. I feel this is the right time to send this money home I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me. 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, I beg you to destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for the US soldiers in Iraq and even Afghanistan. I do not know how long we will remain in this war, as each day looks horrifying with deadly operation and battle against die hard militants and terrorists. Totally, we lost well over 4,500 men so far and I have survived two suicide bomb attacks and other forms of attack 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 via email which is my only way of communication. May God bless you Sgt Brian Joseph Sgt Brian Joseph – firstname.lastname@example.org
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