An interesting twist on the Nigerian email scam.

I thought I’d see it all when it comes to the ever popular Nigerian email scam. I’ve seen the classic “I’m the widow of some Prince/Politician/Random Rich Dude In Exile” and the “I’m a fellow Christian trapped in a country with a boatload of money I need your help with” and so on, but this is the first time I’ve received one that implied it was from some ethically challenged U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Oh it’s the same scam as all the others: I have lots of money, I need your help getting it out of the country, I am willing to give you a portion of it for helping me. All that has changed is the window dressing, but it’s interesting to note that whereas in the past the emails seemed to imply that the fictional people sending them had some legitimate claim to the money, this one suggests that the people involved are being openly dishonest. Which leaves one to wonder why you would think you could trust them to begin with, but then the folks who take this bait aren’t known for their ability to think rationally when dollar signs are flashing in their eyes. Full email after the jump.

    From: “Capt. Brian W. James”
    Subject: MY SINCERE DISCOVERIES FROM MY PRIMARY ASSIGNMENT

    Dear Friend,

    I am captain Brian W. James of the US Marine Corps on Monitoring and Peace a keeping mission in Baghdad-Iraq. The reason why I am explaining my finding to you is to seek for your assistance to enable you contributes immensely to the actualization of my dreams.

    On the 18th day of May 2007, we were alerted on the presence of some terrorists hideouts in Haifa Street, a long thoroughfare of high-rise buildings built by Saddam Hussein here in Baghdad.

    After Immediate intervention by the Iraqi forces and ours, we were able to capture many foreign Arab fighters linked to al Qaeda in that operation and over 100 militants were killed on the process. Among the Arab fighters linked to al Qaeda two were interrogated by two of our intelligent investigators and I. They confessed that some of them are fighters for al Qaeda and some are for Ayman al-Zawahiri and they took us to some of their hideout which runs along the west bank of the Tigris River that cuts through the capital.

    When we invaded into the hideout, we recovered several guns, amour including some boxes among which two contains bullets, one filled with hard drugs (heroine) and the other two to my amazement contain some US Dollars which we assumed amounted to $23.2M after I and two of the intelligent investigators counted them and it took us over 4 hours to get it counted.

    I however instructed them to keep this in high secrecy so that we can have the money to our selves, they all agreed to the plan and they replied to me on how I can get this huge sum out of this country and I told them that its no problem.

    This motivated me to connive with my best friend in our force who went with me and the two other officers to keep the boxes in a safer place. I am now in keen need of a “Reliable and Trustworthy” person like you who would receive, secure and protect these boxes containing the US Dollars for me untill my assignment elapses here.

    I assure and promise to give you 20% of this fund, however feel free to negotiate what you wish to have as your percentage in this deal.

    Please assure me of your keeping this topmost secret to protect my job with the US Corps Marine Monitoring and Peace-Keeping mission. please you
    can contact me with my private

    mailbox…… [email address removed]

    My Sincere regards,
    Capt Brian.W. James (U.S MARINE Corps)

4 thoughts on “An interesting twist on the Nigerian email scam.

  1. They confessed that some of them are fighters for al Qaeda and some are for Ayman al-Zawahiri…

    Last I checked Ayman al-Zawahiri IS al-Qaeda!? Do these types of spam messages always contain such blatant factual errors.

  2. Do these types of spam messages always contain such blatant factual errors.

    It’s actually one of the easiest ways to tell them apart.  Well that and when they ask if you want a larger penis.

  3. Forget the “factual errors”; the funniest thing about this message is that the terrible grammar is very clearly not the sort that’d be written by an American whose grammar’s poor.  It’s the sort of grammar that could only come from a non-native speaker, and anyone with the tiniest mote of brain tissue would see that, and couldn’t possibly believe that it was written by any “Capt. Brian W. James”.

  4. Barry- you’re right about the sort of bad grammar, but what does it matter?  Anyone with the tiniest mote of brain tissue is not going to believe this kind of scam anyway.

    What continually amazes me is that people dumb enough to fall for these scams can figure out how to get to Nigeria with suitcases full of money.

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