This email with the subject "IRAQI MILITARY OFFICER ( Urgent trustworthy business partner solicited )" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 24 Jan 2006 05:33:52 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam.
The sender was "john talabani" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Sir / Madam,With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you. My name is JOHN TALABANI, I am a new and young Iraqi military officer recruited recently and attached to U.S soldiers presently working in Iraq and I found your contact particulars in an address journal.
I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of ( US$16.1 M ) Sixteen million One Hundred Thousand Dollars) to you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care untill I complete my service or even retire voluntarilly when you finally help me collect this funds from the security and finance company that it is presently deposited.This is not a stolen funds as there is no dangers involved but its illegal for us to keep such loot during wars as professional soldiers.
SOURCE OF MONEY: Some money in various currencies was discovered concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunitions at a location near one of Saddam´s old palaces during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by all party present both the few Iraqi officers including myself and some U.S military officers that were on joint operation with us that the money should be shared amongst us, this was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? no compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole.
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 personal friend that is working with REDCROSS organization here in IRAQ, and you know that his office enjoys travelling and baggage control immunity,he was able to help me send the consignment containing this funds out of IRAQ to a country in Europe with a security and finance company and get it deposited on my name.
This personal friend that is working with REDCROSS does not know the real content of the consgnment as i do not trust him fully because we are both in Irag and i do not want to be exposed tomorrow as regards to this loot because of my country and U.S military disciplinary action taking against serving officers for such behaviour.Instead, I preferred and decided to contact you to help me receive and claim this deposited consignment containing this funds from the security and finance company and give me my share later as your urgent receipt of this funds will make me retire from the army and start a new life with my share of the funds.
One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with a third party, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this mail as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us. I do not know for how long we will remain in battling hostile or volatile situation from the Iraqi insurgency here as at now, and I have survived 10 suicide bomb attacks, 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 interested to help me claim this funds from the security and finance company where it is deposited, you are advised to send me the following information stated below so that i can send you document of deposit and change the beneficiary in your favour so that you can legally claim and receive this consignment.
The required information are: a) Your complete names. b) Telephone and fax numbers. c) Profession and position held d) Age and marital status.For this noble assistance of claiming this consignment,i will compensate you with 30% of the entire funds ( US$ 16.1 M ) while 65% will be for me and the balance 5% set aside for any releasing expenditure for the consignment. Please contact me through my email so we can discuss more. EMAIL: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours sincerely, JOHN TALABANI.