Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I loathe these people...

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Migraines, but I'm so angry that I had to post about this. It's still a pain trigger. A pain in the ass. I received this email this morning:
Dear friend,

My name is Sgt. David Pam, I am an American soldier with Swiss background, serving in the military with the army's 3rd infantry division. With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you.

I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of ( $ 25 million u.s. dollars ) Twenty Five million united states dollars to you, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here, this is no stolen money, and there are no danger involved.

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 Phillip Brain and I that some part of this money be shared among both of us before informing anybody 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 last week.

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 here and his office enjoy 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, and believes that it belongs to a brithish/american medical doctor who died in a raid here in Iraq, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family in united states.

I have now found a much secured way of getting the package out of Iraq to your country for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me.

One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please and please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier's here in Iraq. I do not know how long we will remain here, and i have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of god, this and other reasons i will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help, i honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately.

If you are willing to assist me and also that you will not betray me as soon as the fund gets to your hand,please kindly get back to me.

I will expect a straight answer from you. Yes or no. All correspondences will be via email, for now.

Please Send me an e-mail via my private email address:
as you receive this letter for further discussion and more clarification.

Best of luck,
Sgt .David Pam
He will expect a straight answer from me?! Of all the nerve!

This kind of email usually just mildly irritates me, but this one totally pissed me off. I find it particularly heinous that he's claiming to be an American soldier. He's no soldier, and I am not his "friend." How dare he claim to be an American soldier! Our soldiers do not deserve to be defamed in this fashion.

If any of you receive this or similar emails -- please, please, please do not be taken in by them. No matter how sincere they may seem, they are a scam. People who need help transferring money, paying for medical care for loved ones, and other such issues do NOT blindly email strangers.

If anyone who perpetrates such scams happens upon this blog, I have one thing to say to you... There is a special place in hell for you. May you reach it soon!



deborah said...

I can't tell you how many types of these I get in a week. They were going into my spam file, until we had a problem with that program. (It was probably the same source!) Funny.

First I was sending messages back like, "bite me", "send to my Suisse acct" now I just delete. They don't deserve even that much of my effort

Abigail said...

I hear you, Deborah! Most of the time, I just delete them too. This one came from a Yahoo address, so I reported it to their abuse department. That's a waste of time in the end too because there's always another free email account to be had.

You know what's really pathetic? People are falling for these scams. If people weren't falling for them, they wouldn't keep coming up!


Danielle said...

I got this exact email today! I googled the guy's name and found your blog. The only difference is the name of the other Sgt. he refers to, and he didn't give me another email address to reply back to. I forwarded it to the Federal Trade Commissions spam folder -