Email con artists, posing as U.S. soldiers in Iraq, are circulating crude letters offering to split the profits with anyone who can help them smuggle stolen millions out of the war zone and into investments.
"We managed to move funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family. The total amount is $7.2 million in cash, mostly $100 bills. We want to move this money to you so that you may invest it for us … No strings attached."
In addition to the usual "easy money con" come on’s, such as "no strings attached" and "completely safe," the writer tries for a bit of patriotic sympathy by pointing out how she is serving in an insurgent-filled zone with bombs exploding all around her.
"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."
Signed Sgt. Jennifer L—-, the letter is sent in English, Spanish and French.
If you answer the come on and the spamster hasn’t been shut down, expect a request for a small sum of money. And if you send it, you can expect to never see it again. In a variant designed to quell skeptics, the opening request will be that you deposit a small sum of their money — say five thousand dollars — in your account. Then you will be asked to send your new partner checks for up to that amount. Their check to you will bounce, but not until yours back to them has likely cleared their bank.