Email Scam

January 20, 2008

I just wanted to bring everyones attention to yet another email scam that is going around, purporting to be from one of our fine US Soldiers. This person even went so far as to use a phony email address that looked pretty close to the ako emails that our Troops use. He didn’t quite have the proper format, but the regular citizen would know that, and could easily fall for the scam. I’ll post it here, for you to watch for something similar and I fully intent to report this to the FBI’s Cyber Fraud Unit. I highlighted the phony ako email address. Watch closely for this scams and pease don’t respond to them, but instead report them to the FBI’s Cyber Fraud Unit.

Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:55:10 -0200
From: “Sgt. George Green” Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert

How is everything going, I hope great?

Though i have not considered this medium to be the best manner to have approached you on this issue being that the internet has been greatly abused over the recent years and is very unsecured for informations of vital importance.

I have decided to take the chance seeing that no other means could have been faster and more efficient than the E-mail. I write to you irrespective of the fact you do not know me,but please do consider this letter as a request from a brother in dire need of assistance.

My name is George Green(Sgt)an American soldier, I am serving in the military of the 1st Armored Division here in Iraq. As you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs, it will come worst now Saddam Hussein was executed. During one of our rescue Mission we came across a safe that contains the total sum of $21,000,000 (Twenty-one Million Us Dollars) that belongs to the revolutionaries, which I believe they use in buying weapons and ammunitions, and it was agreed by all party present that the money will be shared amongst us. You can go to this web link to read about events that took place here:

Out of the total fund my share was $8,000,000 (Eight Million US Dollars).

I am seeking your assistance to evacuate my share of the money, which is $8,000,000 out of here to you, in as much as you can assure me that my own share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.

This is no stolen money,and there are no dangers involved, as I have made arrangements with a UN representative based in Asia who promised to deliver the fund to any of my choosing destination. I shall be compensating you with US$2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) on final conclusion of this project,while the rest shall be for me for my investment purposes.

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 e-mail as any leakage of this information will be too bad for me.

I do not know for how long we will remain here, and I have survived two suicide bomb attacks, which prompted me to reach out for help because I will be migrating to you to invest and start a new life not as a soldier anymore.

Please if this proposal is acceptable by you, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone numbers for quick communication also your home address where the fund would be delivered.

As soon as I receive your email with the information, I will furnish you with full details on when and how the fund shall be delivered to you by the diplomat and he will make a contact with you before anything move.

Waiting for our urgent reply.
Best regards,

Sgt. George Green

Following the link that this supposed Sgt George Green provides, it does talk about a stash of money that was discovered in April 2003, after the fall of Baghdad, by Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division, not the 1st Infantry Division, this fake claims he is from. It further states that 5 US Soldiers were questioned after part of that money went missing. And this idiot wants us to believe, that even if he was one of these people, that it’s legit? Only more reason to dsbelieve what this idiot has to say and more reason the Cyber Fraud Unit needs to be involved.

FBI Cyber Fraud Unit


21 Responses to “Email Scam”

  1. Twana Blevins on January 20th, 2008 10:44 pm

    Terri would you mind if I repost this on Vox?

  2. Terri on January 21st, 2008 6:07 am

    Not at all Twana. Feel free.

  3. Jenny Maldonado on February 28th, 2008 10:04 am

    I got one of those this week. Almost exactly. But that doesn’t mean I was victimized, does it? What are they trying to do? Identity theft?

  4. David Mendelsohn on June 18th, 2008 2:43 pm

    The email scam I received was similar to yours. Only this supposed seargent is also posing aa a Diplomat in GB and asking for money in order to get a “Yellow Tag” for the package.
    I just wanted to add that little bit of information to the mix so people know what to look for if they ever start answering these slimes.

  5. Terri on June 18th, 2008 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the info David. Hopefully with this information out in the public light, less people will be scammed by these criminals.

  6. Neva on July 21st, 2008 7:59 pm

    They are still at it. I just received one of these and sent it on to the FTC fraud. It makes me sick they are using a guise of our brave soldiers to commit fraud!

  7. Shaune on July 28th, 2008 9:27 pm

    How do you report a scheme like this. I may have been involved and not sure what to do please help.


  8. Terri on July 29th, 2008 5:44 am

    Click the link above that says FBI Cyber Fraud Unit.

  9. Appolyon on September 9th, 2008 12:10 pm

    Give a country an internet connection- they become Nigerian business men. I wonder how outrageous one can get and still get money.

    If I declared I was an Alien from mars, and I need money to buy expensive metals to fix my ship, will people send me money? How about if I said my father was leader of the galactic legions to the Supreme Emperor and if I do not get home ontime, he will think the earth is holding me captive and attack using their fancy UFO’s. If only I can build my own X9 Pluton modulator from solid gold I can get home on time….

  10. Dina on December 14th, 2008 1:09 am

    About a month ago I was contacted by someone who identified himself as Sgt.Bank Clarkson. Since we started exchanging emails he has used two diffferent address: and . Just recently he asked to speak to me and gave me the following email to write to:

    Good Day,

    Your message received via SF/ AKO/ Sergeant Banks Clarkson /E-5
    We need your phone number and your area code, we shall start the processing as soon as your request is confirmed…and once i make the WU i would need to scan the receipt and email it back??

    You are duly permitted to make a refundable payment worth of $255 to the underneath WU account details, and have your copied ID attachment scan via email, for us to endorse your application with the immediate release of the Telcomm paper works.
    Installation will be done as soon as possible via Sate lite 180000KHz surface from Iraq Skyport Telcomm base interconnectivity to your location.



    And you send us the Western Union MTCN details as given.


    Thanks for the consideration.
    Baghdad Phonning Inc.

    Because of something that happened recently regarding his email correspondence I called his bluff today. Needless to say I was called every name in the book from A to Z. I told him I would have him checked out and appologize if he is indeed in the army if not A to Z right back at him.
    Is there anyway of finding out if these are legitimate email address and if I did indeed insult one of our finest or should I be gratefull that I know my ABC’s. He even sent me a picture of himself in uniform. I questioned why the name on his uniform was not Clarkson and he said the name on the uniform is the name of their sleeping quarters.
    Please let me know if I was wrong or smart.
    Thank you

  11. Terri on December 15th, 2008 3:36 pm

    You indeed did the right thing. Believe me, none of the Soldiers that I’ve had any dealings with would have done something such as this. You were right to question him. On their uniforms, they don’t have the name of their sleeping quarters, but their own last name. He knew he was caught and was trying to find some way to throw you off and tried to call your bluff. I would suggest following the link above to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Unit and providing them the information you have on this phony.

  12. diana lee on January 7th, 2009 3:51 pm

    have a army guy wanting to set up a phone service between him and me he is supposed to be in iraq the service is ts2 service lots of misspellings in their letters they don’t ask for a whole lot of info but the registration fee is 445 bucks needs to be sent to this tami zine after confirmation in a few days phone service for the soldier and myself will be forthcoming supposedly on the first inquiry they set up an account and the soldier keeps saying he is now in trouble with the commander because the account hasn’t been followed thru
    supposedly when soldier returns to the states the money is refundable sounds fishy as all get out what do you think

  13. Terri on January 7th, 2009 5:26 pm

    Diana I would NOT take part in this at all. First off, they have phone service available for them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Soldier is allow Morale Phone Calls and there are other phones available to them as well. This has SCAM written all over it. Please follow the link to the FBI Cyber Fraud Unit and report this, so that someone else isn’t taken advantage of.

  14. julie goins on January 10th, 2009 8:42 pm

    hi,i’m not sure if i am being scamed or not.i met a guy on the bbw site.we have been talking for almost a month now.i asked him if there was any way to talk on the phone.he gave me the website emailed me back saying i needed to send them his information,wich he gave me as ssgt kenneth p.klice-e-09/usarmyinfantryman.he never mentioned the money that was needed for the phone,$600.he said he would go half with me and the money is refundable,so did the email i received from western union saying to contact a madaline valencia in houston,texas.i did not send any money over to him because i was unsure about the whole thing.if someone could please contact me to let me know if this is a scam or can email me at , i would appreciate any answers i can get.thank you for your time, julie goins

    Reply - emailed me back saying i needed to send them his information,wich he gave me as ssgt kenneth p.klice-e-09\/usarmyinfantryman.he never mentioned the money that was needed for the phone,$600.he said he would go half with me and the money is refundable,so did the email i received from western union saying to contact a madaline valencia in houston,texas.i did not send any money over to him because i was unsure about the whole thing.if someone could please contact me to let me know if this is a scam or can email me at , i would appreciate any answers i can get.thank you for your time, julie goins’); return false;”>Quote
  15. diana lee on January 12th, 2009 6:28 pm

    to the abouve email if you google this fella you will find out he has been banned by the catholic dating site they identified him as a scammer

  16. Clint Wirth on January 13th, 2009 6:29 pm

    I recieved the below email:

    Dear Friend,

    My name is Major,Selma George. I am an American soldier with Swiss background,
    serving in the military with the army 3rd infantry division.With a very
    desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you. I found
    your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your kind
    assistance to move the sum of ( $ 3.2 million u.s.dollars )three million, two
    hundred united states dollars to you, as far as I can be assured that my share
    will be safe in your care until I complete my service here, this is no stolen
    money, and there are no danger involved. I am presently in a hospital
    recovering from injuries sustained in a suicide bomb attack.

    Source of money:

    Some money in various currencies was discovered in barrels at a farmhouse near
    one of 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 among both of us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw
    the money first. This was quite an illegal thing 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 week.

    Please view website for confirmation;

    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 British contact working here and
    his office enjoy some immunity, I was able to move the money to a security
    company in bangkok thailand as a diplomatic baggage. They are now waiting for
    us to provide the name of beneficiary who they will transfer the funds to. The
    reason i want you to claim the funds on my behalf is that as a soldier, i
    cannot present a concrete evidence on how i made such a big amount of money
    down here. Besides the US Government is trying their best to keep their eyes on
    soldiers here inorder to effect a high level of discipline among us.The moment
    am sure that you are willing to assist me, i will give you the information of
    the security company and the security code of the baggage.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
    destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us
    soldiers here in Iraq. I do not know how long we will remain here, and i have
    been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks 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, please
    contact me as soon aspossible, my only way of communication is email.

    Yours in Service.

    Major Selma George Camp MXP-512 Third Infantry Division Unit(T.I.D.U),
    Abul Uruj,bagdad,irag

    I am an army civilian whose job it is to support the US soldier. It is very diabolical for someone to attempt to perpetrate a scam in the name of a US soldier. Whoever this is should be hunted down and severly dealt with!!

    Feel free to email me for the particulars

  17. Cari on January 22nd, 2009 11:44 pm

    @Dina - i know if they are using an email the govt gave them it should have a .gov at the end. if not maybe you could call the local recruiting office for which ever branch of military they are in and ask them how to verify. but i seriously doubt that out of the blue a soldier would choose you to email and ask for money.

  18. Doug on January 23rd, 2009 6:28 pm

    I have received multiple emails such as these stated, and have passed them on. I am a US Marine and have been to Iraq, and I have many family members in the different services, and they have all been to Iraq and nowhere that any of us have been stationed required any charges of these sorts. My brother, who was near Samarra, had to buy some time for phones, but $10 would go along way, giving him hundreds of minutes. Don’t believe any of this BS, besides, soldiers wouldn’t be asking for money. They get payed enough while deployed and have ways to access that money.

  19. angela kay on January 25th, 2009 8:34 am

    I have another name for you to look out for. Melvin Harrison, supposedly US special forces in Afghanistan. Same format as Kenneth Klice, need to purchase satelite phone etc

  20. jon on February 20th, 2009 3:07 pm

    i just got the same exact email i am so unbearibly tired of these emails.

  21. Christine on March 29th, 2009 4:57 pm

    Got this phoney asking for money in the name of our bravehearts
    “Major Selma George Camp MXP-512 Third Infantry Division Unit(T.I.D.U),Abul Uruj,bagdad,irag”
    We need to get POSes like this and give them a punishment like they would get in their country not ours.

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