This email with the subject "Happy New year" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:00:31 -0800 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was "(Staff Sgt) Jeffrey Rico"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, My name is (Staff Sgt) Jeffrey Rico, I'm an American soldier serving in the military with the Army’s 3rd 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 found your contact email in an address journal and I’m seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand European Currency (9.5Million Euros) to you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here because since we are still in active service, we cannot keep this money in our bank account. Therefore, i need a reliable and trustworthy person who could assist me to receive this money. SOURCE OF MONEY: You can open the below website to confirm more of our discovery which was made known to the government, but this particular one is a top secret: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm 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 private security company in UK and the money in question was packaged in 2 trunk boxes. I have now found a very secured way of getting the package to you at home for you to pick up, 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 home. I have decided to give you 35% of the total amount while the remaining 65% will be held on trust by you until after my service but I want you to tell me how much you will take from this money for the assistance you will give to me if the 35% i offer you will not be enough for you. 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. 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. Please contact me as soon as possible via email which is my only way of communication. My contacting you there is no risk whatsoever involve. Can I trust you to ensure confidentiality of this transaction?. Happy new year and wish you all the best!! Best Regards, Sgt Jeffrey Rico