Sometimes I check the junk folders of my various email addresses to see which new schemes the scammers have come up with. Today I came across this one;
Dear Friend, I am sending you this confidential
email after reading through your profile to make a passionate
appeal to you for assistance.
[classic request for assistance in moving money around]
I am Sgt. Eric Yonenson, I am an
American soldier with Swiss background, serving in the
military with the army 3rd infantry division. I am seeking your
kind assistance to move the sum of ($ 2 million u.s. dollars), this is no stolen
money, and there are no danger involved.
As a soldier I have no right to travel out of the camp until the peace has
restored in Iraq and I can not continue to face such pains
lost of lives and property hence I want to move this fund
through you for investment to enable me resign from this service.
Source of money: Some money in various currencies was
discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near one of Saddam"s
old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, and it was
agreed by staff Sgt Kenneth buff and I that some part of this
money be Shared among both of us before informing any body
about it since both of us saw the money first. This was quite an
illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation can make
up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. Of
which my brother in-law was killed by a road side bomb.
[classic request for information, insuring the recipient of the email
that he or she will be rewarded when the transaction has been completed]
Please treat this with strict confidentiality.
Yours faithfully, Sgt. Eric Yonenson
I've never been particularly positive towards the military, in any country. I don't thinking going to war to create peace is ever going to truly work, it only creates more pain, death and hatred.
I do, however, believe that most soldiers do want to help, that they do what they can, in the only way they know how to. Not all are good people, and even those who are can make mistakes, just like the rest of us.
- But something like this is spammers sinking lower than I've seen before. I shouldn't be surprised, and I'm not - they send emails pretending to be doctors and presidents and aid workers who just want a little extra on the side. Actually, I would say pretending to be an aid worker stealing from the people they're trying to help is worse...
Is there any wonder people don't trust each other anymore?