Those delightful ladies over at Scottish Diary were complaining about scammers in this post, and an earlier one. I have seen a few scam e-mails over the years, some really quite ludicrous, some downright outrageous (nothwithstanding the fact that they are effectively trying to rob people). But the one below that came in this morning is a new slant on an old trick. I wonder if they watched the George Clooney film Three Kings? Of course, if anyone wants Sgt Taylor's e-mail address, I'll pass it on...................
WITH A VERY DESPERATE NEED FOR ASSISTANCE, I HAVE SUMMED UP COURAGE TO CONTACT YOU. I AM PRESENTLY WORKING IN IRAQ WITH AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT I WILL DISCLOSE LATER TO YOU; I FOUND YOUR CONTACTPARTICULARS IN AN ADDRESS JOURNAL. I AM SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE TO EVACUATE THE SUM OF $25m TO YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY OTHER SAFE COUNTRY OF YOUR CHOICE,AS FAR AS I CAN BE ASSURED THAT MY SHARE WILL BE SAFE IN YOUR CARE UNTIL I COMPLETE MY SERVICE HERE. THIS IS NO STOLEN MONEY, AND THERE ARE NO DANGERS INVOLVED.
SOURCE OF MONEY:SOME MONEY IN VARIOUS CURRENCIES WAS DISCOVERED CONCEALED IN BARRELS WITH PILES OF WEAPONS AND AMMUNITIONS AT A LOCATION NEAR ONE OF SADDAM'SOLD PALACES DURING A RESCUE OPERATION, AND IT WAS AGREED BY ALL PARTY PRESENT THAT THE MONEY BE SHARED AMONGST US, THIS WAS QUITE AN ILLEGAL THING TO DO, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT? NO COMPENSATION CAN MAKE UP FOR THE RISKS WE HAVE TAKEN WITH OUR LIVES IN THIS HELL HOLE.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 GERMAN CONTACT WORKING HERE,AND HIS OFFICE ENJOYS SOME IMMUNITY WITH THE UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION, I WAS ABLE TO GET THE PACKAGE OUT TO A SAFE LOCATION ENTIRELY OUT OF TROUBLE SPOT. THOUGH HE DOES NOT KNOW THE REAL CONTENTS OF THE PACKAGE, AND BELIEVES THAT IT BELONGS TO AN ASIAN AMERICAN WHO DIED IN AN AIR RAID, AND BEFORE GIVING UP, TRUSTED ME TO HAND OVER THE PACKAGE TO HIS BUSINESS ASSOCIATE.I HAVE NOW FOUND A SECURED WAY OF GETTING THE PACKAGE OUT TO A SAFER COUNTRY THROUGH DIPLOMATIC COURIER MEANS FOR YOU TO PICK IT UP, AND WILL DISCUSS THIS WITH YOU WHEN I AM SURE THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO ASSIST ME.ONE PASSIONATE APPEAL I WILL MAKE TO YOU IS NOT TO DISCUSS THIS MATTER WITH A THIRD PARTY, SHOULD YOU HAVE REASONS TO REJECT THIS OFFER,PLEASE DESTROY THIS MAIL AS ANY LEAKAGE OF THIS INFORMATION WILL BE TOO BAD FOR US.
I DO NOT KNOW FOR HOW LONG WE WILL REMAIN HERE, AND I HAVE SURVIVED 2 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, I HONESTLY WANT THIS MATTER TO BE RESOLVED IMMEDIATELY.
PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH MY EMAIL SO WE CAN DISCUSS MORE.
RESPECTFULLY,SGT.FRANK WILLIAM TAYLORFROM IRAQ.