Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Criminal alleged American Sergeant Suggests Theft from family of Iraq's President

Here's the newest type of scam letter circulating the internet:

Hello friend,

My name is David Inghram, I am an American soldier serving in the military with coalition force in Iraq , as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs.We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein's family .

The total amount is US$12 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills,this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for some time but with the proposed troop in increase by president Barrack Obama, to end the suicide bombing and make peace with Iraq militant and terrorist ,we are afraid that the money may be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending the completion of our assignment here.

(Link removed by me. I don't know if it leads to a real BBC article or is a phishing link but I don't intend to publish it.)

We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds, No strings attached, Iraq is a war zone, we plan on using diplomatic means to ship the money out as military cargo to your home, under diplomatic immunity cover.

I am contacting you in confidence, all arrangement for the successful delivery has been put in place, all we need from you is to receive the cargo from the diplomat, 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.

Note from Freyashawk: As much as this email infuriates me, first of all because I am UTTERLY OPPOSED to the military foreign invasion of Iraq as well and secondly, the calm assumption that ANY ONE, including me, would be interested in conspiring in a scheme to rape Saddam Hussein's family of their money, I resisted the urge to respond. Of course, the author of this email is a crook and has no access to funds belonging to Saddam Hussein's family or any one else except the poor victims who responded to an email like this by giving this criminal access to THEIR funds. My response would have been outrage... but it is best not to give the writers of these emails ANY response, as confirmation of your own email address in a case like this can lead to identity theft.

As much as I oppose the U.S. foreign policy throughout the globe and its interference in the affairs of foreign sovereign nations under the spurious guise of the so-called 'war on terror', the fact remains that there are innocent if misguided individuals who would be inclined to respond positively to an email like this because THEY would want to support a member of the U.S. armed forces, and would not understand that the writer using a false identity as leverage. For shame! For shame to suggest a scheme to bilk the family of Iraq's deceased legitimate President out of their property... even though it's all smoke and mirrors. A part of me would be inclined to say that any one whho would grasp at this supposed opportunity to rob a third party eagerly deserves any loss he/she suffers in return, but I truly do not want to see ANY ONE become a victim of a criminal scam, no matter what their political stance. And thus, I have published this letter here, to warn people that the old Nigerian scam letter may have yielded its position to a new Iraq-oriented scam.