This email with the subject "DESPERATE ASSISTANCE!!" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Fri, 27 Nov 2015 15:43:30 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "Sgt Maj Arthur J Leak"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
HELLO My name is Sgt. Maj. Arthur J. Leak, I'm an American soldier serving in the military with the Army’s 2nd Infantry division Iraq but now redeployed to Afghanistan. I have a very desperate need for assistance and have summed up courage to contact you.I’m seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of four Million five hundred United Dollars (US$4.5M) to you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care. SOURCE OF MONEY: Some money in various currencies were discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near Saddam’s old palaces in Tikrit-Iraq during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by Staff Sgt Kenneth Buff and I that some part of this money be shared between both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first. This does not sound right 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 time. The above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me but with the help of a British contact working here and with his office enjoying some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot. I have now found a very secured way of getting the package to you and I will discuss this with you when I ‘m sure that you are willing to assist me and that the money will be well secured in your hands. I feel this is the right time to send this money to you. 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, I beg you to destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for the US soldiers in Iraq and even Afghanistan. I do not know how long we will remain in this war, as each day looks horrifying with deadly operation and battle against die hard militants and terrorists. Totally, we lost well over 4,500 men so far and I have survived two suicide bomb attacks and other forms of attack 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. May God bless you Sgt. Maj. Arthur J. Leak