Friday, March 18, 2011

A US soldier in Iraq? I don't think so

The following spam scam came as a file attachment. Don't be fooled or reply to scams like this. Just because they link to a BBC news story doesn't mean that the scammer is legit. Anyone can link to a news story.

The message itself came from a hacked email account -- I'm not going to embarrass the owner of that account. The body of the message was

Please open your attachment for the full details of my story. I am an America soldier who base in Iraq,
Best Regards
Cpt.Blake Cole

And here was the attachment, in a Microsoft Word file called Hello.doc


My name is Cpt. Blake Cole. I am an American soldier (USF-I) Serving in the military with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq. As you know we are being attacked everyday by insurgents, car/suicide bombers in Iraq.

I am contacting you on behalf of my colleagues here in Baghdad, we are honestly seeking for your hands in this partnership to move this allocation valued at {10.4 million USD} into your custody for safekeeping.

In 2009 we managed to secure Ten Million US Dollars, these were part of the stash money found in Baghdad to have belonged to Saddam Hussein's family and associates. This money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for some time now but with the proposed troops withdrawal by our President to end the war and make lasting peace with Iraq militant and terrorist, I am so afraid that this money may be discovered. My contact to you is to make sure that the money is move to a safe place and in safe hands pending the completion of my assignment here.


We am ready to compensate you generously well with 30% of the money because there are no strings attached as Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using diplomatic immunity-cover to ship this money to you as military cargo. I am contacting you with confidence as all arrangements for the successful delivery has been put in place. All I need from you is to receive the cargo at your location from the delegated diplomat.

I am expecting your positive reply so as to extend more confidential details to you. I hope I can trust you.

Yours sincerely, 

Cpt. Blake Cole

US Military Ba'qubah.



  1. Attn:

    Before i proceed with the instructions,i will use this medium to say thank you for your trust and understanding towards this great business opportunity that come our way.I have received your details sent.As i stated on my previous email to you that I will commence with full trust after your details has been received, i did contact my diplomat friend that works with the UNITED NATIONS,at the matter of fact he will arrive my base tomorrow morning at 9:50am,he will move the boxes out of here tomorrow to your location and i will furnish him with all your necessary details with me to enable him contact you.But before he proceed to you, he will first get to BRUSSELL (BELGIUM) for an official meeting and after that he will continue with the journey to your location.expect to hear or read from my diplomat friend (Harry David).
    Thanks for your coperation.

    Best Regards
    Cpt Blake Cole
    US Army.

    Note: Harry Wood Diplomat in Brussels Bogus Too

  2. Cpt.Blake Cole United States Army

    I am glad to read from you.First and foremost,apologies for my late response which was due to my being on the field.I need you to understand that as i write to you,all arrangements as regards how these boxes of money will get across to you is already being perfected.I will be as explicit with you as possible.What you are required of is your full trust and thus keep these funds safely as soon as they get to you.I want you to entertain no skepticism about this deal.I also want to assure you that this deal is but private and confidential.You should understand that, as privacy is the bane of the US military!This is my private email address.Once again,May i notify you that i am contacting you for your trust as i have no family who can do this for me in the US.I lost my parents and my twin brother in an auto crash when i was 13 and that was what motivated me to join the military.Please note that the usage of private phones here is out of bound to us out here because all international calls are monitored. But I will always work out ways to call you via public phones when necessary. Like I told you earlier I'm still on duty here in Iraq and if such amount of money is traced to my account in the united states, I shall be investigated hence I need you to assist me get the funds out.

    It is my intention to invest my share into a lucrative business such as, Hotel Business(Five Stars) or Real estate pending when our mission here in Iraq will be over. Remember your share still remains the same 30% out of the total amount of the money.

    You are to send to me the following.

    1. Your direct contact details (Cell,telephone)

    2.. The details of the nearest airport to your destination

    3. Scanned copy of your recent picture or your international passport.

    Soon as I receive all needed, I shall commence with full TRUST.Then I will contact my Diplomatic friend, whom will move with the boxes out of the base.These boxes are sealed with special Locks that no one can open except i give out the Code. I expect your immediate reply.

    Cpt.Blake Cole
    US Army

  3. I was nearly scammed by a guy portraying to being a staff sergeant Charles Draper who was in iraq He contacted me on a free dating site and was romantic caring and loving he want on to introduce me to his so called son he wanted me to send an i-pad and a ps3 consul very expensive gifts I don't know where this could have led.Still on the site oasis i am coming accross the same type of scammers usa soldiers they use yahoo and usually have 2011 or love somewhere in there e-mail address.I wish someone would look into this as some innocent women are going to fall into there well laid trapped .I did my homework and got out unscathed some won't be so lucky

  4. i experienced the same thing. This capt. said they found saddam husseins money and can not bring it home with him and therefore needs to send it to me in a sealed box. a guy will contact me from London. he even gave me a tracking number. he also said he would introduce me to his mom. luckily i was smart enough to google search this and found so many women who were told the same story so i was able to save myself from a lot of heartache and headache. so please let us put this out there so women will be aware of this scam.

  5. i experienced the same thing just recently. this guy introduced himself as a captain and told me the same story about how they found money at saddam husseins house and they can not bring it home and he needed me so he can send it to me in a sealed box through a military cargo. he also said he would introduce me to his mom after professing undying love in such short notice. one of the warning signs to these scammer is that his facebook page is recent and he only has one or two friends. luckily for me i went to google and found so many women who were told the same stories by these so called soldier scammers before my heart and head aches.

  6. My penpal has not yet asked for money BUT pretty much fits the description that I am hearing of..charming etc etc. I am sure there are genuine few out there. But look I am 44 years old and this guy claims to be 37...he looks like he is 22. Haha. I have photos off him, and I see that he is indeed "Cole", he says his name is Maxwell Cole (sgt). I hate that this is happening and these guys details are being used like this... BUT a selfish part of me really wants my pal to be sgt Cole... I am on a mission to find this out and if not let sgt Cole know that this is happening with his details - although I am not sure how I would let the real sgt Cole know. Anyideas?

  7. Watch out for dating sites as well. I received one from a so called Stefan Cassady..very sus so I did reply as wanted to send confidential items to me..who does that!!!

  8. First email i receive was like this

    I know this might come as a surprise to you considering the amount of junk message we all get on a daily basis. I can assure you right now that I am not like that because I have a certain requirements of course that led me to your region., so I think we may be able to help each other.

    I have an obscured business suggestion for you which you will benefit 2million USD from..

    Please reply for details..

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sgt. Flora Prieve

  9. then 2nd email like this

    Thanks for your respond.

    Before i go any further, I want to share more about myself. My name is Sergeant Flora Prieve from 11291 Sgt E Churchill Street, Fort Bliss, Texas 79918, United States. I am an American Citizen currently serving in Afghanistan. I formally served in Baghdad Iraq in 2003. I was born 27 October 1968 and I am an only child of both parents. My dad was a US marine before he passed away. My mom was a stay at home mom and she passed away in October 1st 2007.

    The reason i contacted you is that, i want you to help me receive a consignment (Box) that i deposited with a security company in Baghdad Iraq, The consignment (Box) contains 10million dollars.

    Please note that the security company does not know that the box contains money. I listed it as containing family belongings.. Anyway i think i should tell you how i came into possession of this money. In 2003, I was the one commanding the US 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq. On our raids of 23 and 26 April 2003 in Baghdad, we came across a huge amount of money in containers.

    Please visit for confirmation of this story. After we discovered the money, me and five other officers hide some part of the money that we discovered and returned the rest to US Central command..

    I am going to be posted to your Location in the coming months so i will be most thankful to God if you can receive the consignment from the security company on my behalf. I am offering you 2million USD while 7million USD is for me, then the remaining 1million USD for Charity Organization. I do pray and hope you are a honest person as i strongly believe honesty is the basis of any meaningful relationship.

    Note: All the documents used in lodging the consignment (Box) with the security Company are all in my possession. l will send them to you as soon as you show your willingness to assist me in receiving the consignment from the security company.

    Let me know if you are interested so i can give you more details..

    Thanks and God bless you.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sgt. Flora Prieve

  10. then 3rd email like this

    I have place your answer other here.

    Is it safe for me to collect that safety deposit box ? Yes its Safe
    Do i have to go Iraq to collect that safety deposit box ? No.
    If i am willing to do this then how will i get all the papers required to collect the box ? I will send them to you.
    Are you going to ask me to send money for doing this ? No No No..

    Reply as soon as you can so my details..

  11. then 4th email like this

    I am very happy that you are willing to help me claim/receive the consignment from the security company.
    As I have made you to understand in my first mail, I have all the necessary documents and i will be sending them to you soon, I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. To achieve success in this endeavor hitch free, here are some things we must take into consideration;

    * Mutual Confidentiality: As a Sergeant you are my foreign partner, I will want you to maintain sealed lips as far as this project is concerned Until the Consignment get to you. You must not disclose any part of the details of this project to a third party without my consent.

    * Total Dedication: To achieve anything in life one has to be very hard working and positive minded towards achieving his or her set goal in life.

    * Honesty: We have to be honest to each other as it is when we are honest that we can do things in unison and achieve our goal and a profiting Business/Family Relationship.

    I am putting a lot of trust in you and i strongly believe that you are a honest person but i would like to know some more about you before we proceed. Attached to this email, are some pictures of me. Also attached is my Photo, ID card /passport/ Consignment we found.

    So kindly send me a copy of your international passport or a valid identity card, your residential address and phone number. After i receive these information from you, I will then send you all the documents regarding the consignment so you can get in touch with the security company as my foreign partner.

    I do hope and pray this is the beginning of a good friendship that will stand the test of time. Have a nice day and write soon.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Sgt. Flora Prieve

  12. then 5th email like this

    i will send you my details which u have asked me to provide but before that u have to answer some more questions,

    how did u find my email address ? Data Base of Country of chambers
    why are you approaching people through email ? Not people its you..
    since the amount is very huge shouldn't you be trusting some one u know personally instead of a total stranger ? Thats is why i needed your Identification, so i can fully trust you..
    How can we develop trust through email ? I have faith
    If we have to develop trust to complete this then we have to do video conversation like skype ok ? Its not allow here..
    If the deposit box is in iraq then how can i claim the box sitting in other country ? We have to proceed, I will give all the legal document..

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  14. Good day and 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.Derek Norman, a US Marine Sgt. serving in the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment that 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 $18 million (eighteen Million U.S Dollars) 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 involved.
    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.
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    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 hellhole.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, who before giving up trusted me to hand over the package to his close relative. 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 survive 2 suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine
    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.
    Respectfully,Sgt.Derek Norman
    United States Marine Corps. IRAQ
    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Stash of money found in Baghdad
    Foreign currency worth nearly $200m has been found in a Baghdad neighbourhood, the US military say. Last week, US troops found more than $650m in the same area of Baghdad.