Iraq Email Scam

No, this won’t be a post about some political scandal in Iraq.

Instead, I wanted to post an scam email — one where a supposed American soldier wants to share some of Saddam Hussein’s booty (booty here meaning “Plunder taken from an enemy in time of war.”)

Here’s the email:

FROM: Sgt. Donald Greene To whom it may concern. I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move funds belonging to Saddam Hussein_s family. The total amount is US$7.2Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills. We want to move this money to you, so that you may invest it for us and keep our share for banking.We will take 60%, my partner and I. You take the other 40%. No strings attached, just help us move it out of Iraq, Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using diplomatic courier and shipping the money out in one large silver box, using diplomatic immunity. If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers for quick communication also your contact details. This business is risk free. The box can be shipped out in 48hrs. Respectfully, Sgt. Donald Greene Private Email: donald22greene@netscape.net

I haven’t seen an email like this since “Bradon Curtis” a “special forces commando” working in Afghanistan wanted to send us some Taliban money a few years ago.

As always, these emails should produce more laughs than greed as they land in your in-box. The scam is one of the oldest in the book and will involve you giving up more and more money as you try to get your grubby, greedy mitts on 7.2 million of Saddam’s money.

Learn more here…

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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  1. I HAVE RECEIVED 2 E-MAILS RECENTLY WITH PHOTO ID,S OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS LOOKING VERY AUTHENTIC REQUESTING THAT I HELP THEM IN REMOVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF HUSSEIN,S MONEY OUT OF IRAQ. OF COURSE I DID,T FALL FOR THIS SCAM AND I DID,T REPLY TO THE E-MAILS. IT,S UNBELIEVEABLE WHAT THEY TRY TO DO TO SCAM SOMEONE. I HOPE NO ONE FALLS FOR THIS, IT DOES SOUND PRETTY CONVINCING ESPECIALLY WITH THE U. S ARMY PHOTO I,DS, I WONDER HOW THEY CAME IN POSSESION OF THESE I,DS? ANYWAY, DON,T FALL FOR IT, IT,S OBVIOUSLY NOT REAL.

  2. i HAVE FALL FOR THIS SCAM I HAVE PAID CLOSE TO HALF A MILLION DOLLARS AND I AM STILL PAYING PLEASE CAN SOME HELP ME OUT!!!
    BETTY anna

  3. I too have gotten a email from persons purporting to be American soldiers, Captain David Freeman. He is saying that there are two boxes worth $17m +. Please let no body be cheated to this. They got passports and real photos and the boxes while counting. I just don’t understand while others need to do people like that.

    Am tired of scams, very tired indeed,

  4. I just got one too…

    “Hello Friend,I am Sgt. Daniel A. Jones.My partners and I have
    about $25 Million(US) we need to move out of Iraq.
    It’s oil money and legal.please contact me:
    sgtdaniel24@yahoo.com.hk

    I wasn’t planning on sending a message back since it looked way too suspicious, but I thought it was kinda funny.

  5. Hello,

    Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you
    as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it
    carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my
    future and continued existence.

    Please allow me to introduce myself.I am Sgt Steve Gullivan, a US Marine
    Sgt.serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment which Patrols the
    Anbar province, Iraq.I am desperately in need of assistance and I have
    summoned up courage to contact you.

    I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address
    journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of 25million USD
    (Twenty Five Million USD) to the States or any safe country,as far as I
    can be assured that it 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 and concealed in barrels
    with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam
    Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation and it was
    agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This might
    appear as 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 British contact working
    with the UN here(his office enjoys 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 contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an
    American who died in an air raid,before giving up trusted me to hand over
    the package to his close relative.

    I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you
    to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been
    lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine
    intervention.I will give you 25% of the total sum.

    This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach
    out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to contact
    me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are
    discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.My first demand to
    you is to ask you for your strict confidentiality on this transaction and
    total trust too, these two things are the most important things needed to
    conclude this transaction.

    Required Details
    Full Name:
    Full Address:
    Phone Number
    Get back to me with the above details so that they can make delivery of
    the consignment to your Doorstep.
    Respectfully,
    Sgt. Steve Gullivan,
    United States Marine Corps. IRAQ.

  6. Hello,

    Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you
    as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it
    carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my
    future and continued existence.

    Please allow me to introduce myself.I am Sgt Steve Gullivan, a US Marine
    Sgt.serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment which Patrols the
    Anbar province, Iraq.I am desperately in need of assistance and I have
    summoned up courage to contact you.

    I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address
    journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of 25million USD
    (Twenty Five Million USD) to the States or any safe country,as far as I
    can be assured that it 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 and concealed in barrels
    with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam
    Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation and it was
    agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This might
    appear as 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 British contact working
    with the UN here(his office enjoys 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 contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an
    American who died in an air raid,before giving up trusted me to hand over
    the package to his close relative.

    I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you
    to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been
    lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine
    intervention.I will give you 25% of the total sum.

    This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach
    out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to contact
    me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are
    discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.My first demand to
    you is to ask you for your strict confidentiality on this transaction and
    total trust too, these two things are the most important things needed to
    conclude this transaction.

    Required Details
    Full Name:
    Full Address:
    Phone Number
    Get back to me with the above details so that they can make delivery of
    the consignment to your Doorstep.
    Respectfully,
    Sgt. Steve Gullivan,
    United States Marine Corps. IRAQ.

  7. Hello,

    Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you
    as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it
    carefully as the decision you make will go off a long way to determine my
    future and continued existence.

    Please allow me to introduce myself.I am Sgt Steve Gullivan, a US Marine
    Sgt.serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment which Patrols the
    Anbar province, Iraq.I am desperately in need of assistance and I have
    summoned up courage to contact you.

    I am presently in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address
    journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of 25million USD
    (Twenty Five Million USD) to the States or any safe country,as far as I
    can be assured that it 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 and concealed in barrels
    with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam
    Hussein’s old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation and it was
    agreed by all party present that the money be shared amongst us.This might
    appear as 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 British contact working
    with the UN here(his office enjoys 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 contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an
    American who died in an air raid,before giving up trusted me to hand over
    the package to his close relative.

    I have now found a secured way of getting the package out of Iraq for you
    to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I have been
    lucky to have survived 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine
    intervention.I will give you 25% of the total sum.

    This and other reasons put into consideration have prompted me to reach
    out for help. If it might be of interest to you then Endeavor to contact
    me and we would work out the necessary formalities but i pray that you are
    discreet about this mutually benefiting relationship.My first demand to
    you is to ask you for your strict confidentiality on this transaction and
    total trust too, these two things are the most important things needed to
    conclude this transaction.

    Required Details
    Full Name:
    Full Address:
    Phone Number
    Get back to me with the above details so that they can make delivery of
    the consignment to your Doorstep.
    Respectfully,
    Sgt. Steve Gullivan,
    United States Marine Corps. IRAQ.

  8. I just received the email from SGT Steve Gullivan. I have taken the diplomat Mr. John Harvey’s phone number and did a reverse look up. I will have his home address within 24 hours…..who wants it!
    It’s payback time!

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