Commentary

Phony solider, phony money, phony e-mail

May I introduce you to “Sgt. John Samuel,” supposedly a solider in Iraq.

The fictional Sgt. Samuel was on a mission when he found a trunk of money in a farm house “near one of Osama Bin Laden’s old farm houses”.

“Col William E. Cole,” the commanding officer also saw the trunk. So the two of them agreed to share its contents.

“Sgt. Samuel” says that claiming the trunk is justified through the risks taken in this war. Besides, his brother-in-law was killed a few months back when a roadside bomb ignited.

He is looking for “honest people” to receive this trunk holding $12.6 million. In the first paragraph he admitted to doing something illegal, but now he is seeking honest people to help him get the money out of the country.

He will send the box to you for safekeeping until he gets back home and give you 40% of the money.”

Is it 40% of the $12.6 million or is it 40% of $ 6.3 million? Remember, C ol. C ole and Sgt Samuel agreed to split the contents of the box.

The e-mail instructs the recipient to send their full name, contact address, telephone number and occupation.

It began with the subject: “Hi” was sent to “undisclosed recipients.”

Watch for it to appear on your computer. It found Roselee in Cameron.

Another e-mail from “ Sgt. John Samuel” says while on a rescue operation, a stash of money was found in barrels near one of Saddam’s palaces near Tikrit, Iraq.

This time Samuel and “Staff Sgt Mark Hems” saw the money first and they decided to split the money rather than turning it over to the US Army.

In this e-mail the fictional Sgt. Samuel is in the hospital recovering from wounds suffered in a suicide bomb attack.

Prognosis from the doctors is recovery within 90 days. The security bank will hold the funds for 23 days. He must find a dishonest person in the United States that he can trust.

Of course the usual information about this crook is requested, name, address, and telephone number.

This e-mail did not ask for occupation as the first one did. There is no salutation and the subject: “Attn: can I trust you” is given. The amount of money is different, also.

When the name “ Sgt. John Samuel” was googled in and the website: antifraud intl.org entered, it gave the second version of the scam.

There are more to choose from there. One blog suggests that everyone should have this “soldier’s” name blocked from the e-mail account.

The Seth Grant scam article written about in 2009 helped another person avoid the danger of responding to a request.

Laura uses Craigslist to sell furniture and she lives in Portland, Oregon. She got a call from “Seth Grant” in South Carolina with a suspicious response, so she googled his name in.

MCT serves Milam County, Texas plus those that read its articles. tedh@myalpha1.net


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