was just sitting down to finalize my new Verbal Assassination column
when I checked my e-mail. In my inbox was a correspondence from someone
claiming to be an American soldier wanting to find business associates
in the U.S. to send pillaged plunder from Iraq for safe keeping. Now,
this type of e-mail hoax resembles the one when you are contacted by
people claiming that you are a surviving relative to a rich foreigner
who has recently died. They ask for your personal information under
the guise of confirming your identity and then comes a one time processing
fee in order to get your inherited millions. Yeah, it's no wonder identity
theft is so prevalent when greed drives normally good people to do foolish
things like give-up all of their information! But, it was the nature
of this new scam e-mail that made me so irrate that I couldn't help
but respond to it. Needless to say, I threw out my column-in-progress
and decided to share with you the e-mail I received followed by my response,
which was also sent on to the FBI.
From: "Geraldine Marcus"
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 9:47 PM
Subject: AN INSIGHT
My name is, Sgt.
Geraldine Marcus representing a faction of American soldiers, serving
in the military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, we came across
your e-mail address(s) in the process of research and enquiry into an
immense military global data base. I believe you are familiar with the
war situation in Iraq ? apart from killings and day to day unrest, a
lot of activities happen such as sales of antiques, stocked foreign
cash discovery and lots more. We are lucratively involved in these activities,
myself and my colleagues want to send consignments out of iraq, which
will be discussed upon your acceptance of this transaction and we require
a worthy, upright and business minded individual for safe keeping outside
the Iraqi state. You might have an insight through; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm
and details will be sent upon signal of interest. Our contact email
Thanks for your
Dear Sgt. Marcus,
you ARE one of our troops, which I hope you are not, you should be ashamed
of yourself, found and court-martialed immediately. What you are doing
is wrong. You are there, not only as our protectors, but as our ambassadors
to a people who have been robbed of the most basic of liberties under
the oppressive rule of Saddam Hussein. You are there to show the world
that we, YOU, make a difference and that our talk of a free Iraq is
true and honest, and that we can provide a safe haven for their start
into this new world of democracy we have provided for them. You are
there to protect them from what you have suggested you are involved
in, the American pilfering of Iraq's public and possessions. If you
ARE one of our soldiers, I am ashamed of you and anyone who is involved
you are not one of our brave soldiers putting their lives on the line
for our protection and the protection of a free Iraq, as I would assume
you ARE NOT, then I hope authorities find you and prosecute you to the
fullest. And no doubt you will get caught! Any intelligent criminal
wouldn't ask for "worthy, upright and business minded individual(s)"
to take part in an obvious scam as they would know that what you are
suggesting is illegal (not to mention immoral) and, like I have, report
you immediately! Fool.
would have been better if you asked for "blood sucking scum of
the earth who would do anything for a buck," and you might just
get people who fit the caliber of individual that would help you rape
a country we are trying to protect and foster. They would be people
who might even pay you for the opportunity to make a few bucks, which
I'm sure is where this would head if I were to respond positively.
are probably some deluded miscreant who gets his/her jollies off trying
to think of "cool" ways to scam people on the internet, find
new ways to stifle us with ridiculous amounts of spam in hopes of one
sale in a million e-mails, and are generally just a sad little creature
that sits behind a keyboard plucking away thinking you're cool.
whoever-you-are, I'm smarter than you. I'm obviously more of an American
than you - which I doubt you actually are American. I'm incredibly more
moral than you. And guess what ... because I am a smart, moral, proud
American it makes me more cool than you could ever be.
matter who you really are I hope you get what you deserve. How's that
for a signal?
who gets this e-mail, or one similar, please know that it is a scam,
and a bad one at that. Report it immediately by forwarding a copy of
the e-mail to your local FBI field office which can be found on-line
at: www.fbi.gov. Just
remember one thing when getting promising e-mail, if you don't personally
know who sent it, automatically assume it is a Spam Scam.
the Author: Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since
1985. He attended Richmond University in London where he focused on
theatre arts, and the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored
in criminal justice and psychology. He currently spends his time helping
the US~Observer's clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting
style. Ron may be reached at email@example.com.
Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32