This is another version of the “Three Kings” look-alike scams. This
scammer is trying to pretend that he is a “soldier” who found some
money belonging to Saddam Hussein, and he needs your help to transfer
the money out of the country.
If you read his email, it does not “sound” like an American to me… I have yet to see an American email starting with “Compliments”. We would say, 99.9% African. But they could be running this scam anywhere.
The fact is that the authorities REALLY found some money in Iraq, but that was way back in 2003.
The email below is sent by a scammer.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: SGT. STANLEY STEVEN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: FROM SGT. STANLEY STEVEN
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 Stanley Stevens, 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
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. You can enter the below website to confirm more of our
discovery which was made known to the government, but this particular
one is a top secret:
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
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 40% 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.
Get back to me with the above details so that they can make delivery
of the consignment to your Doorstep.
Sgt. Stanley Stevens,
United States Marine Corps. IRAQ
—— BBC News——
Stash of money found in Baghdad
Foreign currency worth nearly $200m has been found in a Baghdad neighbourhood, the US military say.
Troops found $100m and 90m euros in 31 containers, US Central Command said.
The money has been flown out of the country to a “secure location” for counting purposes and will eventually be returned to Iraq to help rebuild the country, the US said.
Last week, US troops found more than $650m in the same area of Baghdad.
The latest banknotes were discovered between 23 and 26 April in an area of Baghdad secured by members of the US 3rd Infantry Division, according to a US statement.
The funds will eventually be returned to the Iraqis to help rebuild their nation
US Central Command
It did not specify exactly where the money was found, although the funds were said to have been kept in containers.
The statement said the containers were flown from Baghdad International Airport on Sunday under an escort of police officers, criminal investigators and financial experts.
“The money arrived at a secure location for counting purposes at approximately 1030 that morning,” the statement said.
“Soldiers of the unit in charge of the counting took approximately five hours to finish this count.
“Funds will remain secure until a stable government is established in Iraq and will ultimately be returned to the Iraqis to assist in the re-building of their nation.”
The funds which were found last week are also being held at an undisclosed location.
The money had been hidden behind the false wall of a house searched by US troops. It is thought the stash could have been left by fleeing regime leaders.
Five US soldiers are currently being questioned by military officials after some of that money was allegedly stolen following its discovery.