Compensation scams

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Scam Email received 6/10/2020

Email From:

Sender Name:

Sgt. Sarah Howell

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Email Subject:

Your Private Letter,

Your Private Letter, –

Greetings Beloved Friend / Email Owner, My name is Sergeant Sarah Howell. I am an American soldier, presently in Afghanistan for the training, serving in the 3rd Infantry Division advising the Afghan forces and also helping in stabilising the country against security challenges. With a very desperate need for assistance, I have decided to contact you for your kind assistance to move the sum of *US$48,000,000.00 (Forty-Eight Million United States Dollars)* to you if I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service. Some money in various currencies was discovered in boxes at a farmhouse during a rescue operation we conducted in one of the attacks by the terrorists and it was agreed by my colleagues and I that some part of this money be shared among us. The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British doctor working with Red Cross, 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, and believes that it belongs to a American medical doctor who died in a raid here in Afghanistan, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his Family. I have now found a much secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan to you for pick up and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. I am ready to compensate you with 35% of the $48 Million USD for your assistance. I do not know how long we will remain here, and I have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help. Please contact me as soon as possible with the below email. Send the BELOW DETAILS to my private email: ( ** ) as to enable us to proceed. Because I need to register the consignment in your name as the New Beneficiary/Receiver. *Full Name:* *Full Address:* *Tel/cell numbers:* *Occupation:* God Bless you as I look forward to your positive response. Truly yours, Sgt. Sarah Howell US ARMY Kabul Afghanistan Email: ** Sgt. Sarah Howell –

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