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War Riches

A common scam involves a person who contends to be part of the US Armed Forces (or in this case, a trusted US Ally) who has secured something of great value (precious metals, art works, cash, etc.) and intends to unlawfully take it (suggesting it was from the "bad guys") and reward you for just holding it (appealing to greed).

As you read the unedited text of the e-mail below, ask your self the following questions:
  1. Why is someone from the United Kingdom using United States styled English and why is their structure and punctuation so poor for a military officer?
  2. After a quick check, could there be a problem in that the First Batallion of the Royal Irish Regiment Major Miller claims to be commanding, is currently (as of April 2015) only engaged in Mali for training with their only recent combat mission being during 2011 in Afghanistan per their web site?
  3. From the original e-mail, why is the sending e-mail different from the Reply e-mail address especially if time is of the importance (the containers can move in 48 hours)?
  4. If these funds did exist, which group do you not want any part of that is looking for these funds?
  5. Why are they contacting you and not family or people they know and can trust?
  6. There are no details on logistics or evasion of customs evasion, beyond using a Diplomatic Courier, which works well until it is delivered to you and items in your possession can be searched.
Face it:  You will wire cash to them to cover "immediate costs" and you will recover those costs plus
             30% of $15 million when the cash arrives, which in reality does not exist.  Having wired
             the funds your money is gone forever and nothing can be traced from where the cash was
             paid to the receiving party.  Your "new riches" are only knowing never to do that again.
             Reporting this crime will generate more questions about you than you want to answer.

ACTUAL E-MAIL, including all spacing, appears below unedited except for the e-mail address.





I am. Eric miller and I am a British soldier attached to UN peace keeping force in Syria. I am the commanding officer of the First Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment.As you may know, everyday there are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombs going on here. We have managed to move funds belonging to some demised persons who were attacked and killed through these attacks.The total amount is US$15 Million dollars in cash. We want to move this money to you, so that you can help keep our share for us until when we shall come over to meet you. My partner and I will take 70%, . while you take 30%. No strings attached! Just help us move it out of Syria.


which is a war zone right now. We plan on using Diplomatic courier and shipping the money out in two large metallic Boxes, using diplomatic immunity.If you are interested, I will send you the full details. My job is to find a good partner that we can trust and is ready to assist us. Can we trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers and other contact details for quick communication. This business is risk free. The boxes can be shipped out in 48hrs.Please If you are Interested in assisting, kindly reply through this PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL Email for further


documentations and briefing,