New Spam Tactic: Hide Behind the Troops

I don’t typically pay too much attention to the messages that are gathered up by my spam filtering software, the subject lines briefly flashing before my eyes right before the they get sucked into this most useful of folders. But this morning one subject line shouted out to me , CAN I TRUST YOU?(Assistance Needed From Iraq).

Now in the zone controlling logical thought within my mass of gray matter I knew this was simply another piece of junk mail but I just could not avoid it. Being a blogger, it is not unusual to receive unsolicited email from people of all stripes. So I put the logic aside for a moment and dug into the folder marked “junk” only to find the following:

Hello Pal,

I hope my email meets you well. I am in need of your assistance. My name is Sgt Jarvis Reeves. I am a military attache with the Engineering unit here in Ba’qubah Iraq for the united stateS, we have about $25 Million American dollars here which is in our possesion and we are ready to move out of the country.

My partners and I need a good partner someone we can trust to actualize this venture.The money is from oil proceeds and legal.But we are moving it through diplomatic means to your house directly or a safe and secured location of your choice using diplomatic courier services.

But can we trust you? Once the funds get to you, you take your 40% out and keep our own 60%. Your own part of this deal is to find a safe place where the funds can be sent to. Our own part is sending it to you.

If you are interested I will furnish you with more details,
Awaiting your urgent response.

Let me simply say that this type if email, a twist on the typical phishing scam, would be bad enough coming from a “prince in Nigeria” but to have it coming from a U.S. Military man, during a time of war, is just out right disgusting. I hope these bastards get everything that is coming to them and then some.

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