I have received hundreds of Nigerian scam on email. This latest one that I received is quite inventive. Imaginative even.

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Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 01:45:09 -0800

Dear Sir,

My name is Sgt.xxx, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military of the X Armored Cavalry Regiment, Patrols Tal Afar, in Iraq.. I am presently serving in one of the horrible prisons in Iraq now. I apologized using this medium to reach you for a transaction of this magnitude.

Please view the links to see my pictures.

http:// I removed them
and http:// I removed them.

We have in our possession the sum of US$124,000,000.00 (ONE HUNDERED AND TWENTY FOUR MILLION US DOLLARS),which belongs to Saddam Hussein. These funds have been moved and kept safe in a Security Company, please view this link for more details:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm Basically since we are working for the American Government, we cannot keep these funds, but we want to move the funds to you, so that you can keep it for us in your safe account or an offshore account.

I have the authority of my partners involved to propose that should you be willing to assist us in this transaction, your share of the sum will be 20% of the US$124 million, 70% for us and 10% will be kept aside for expenses and be rest assure that this business is 100% safe on your part provided you treat it with utmost secrecy and confidentiality.

Therefore, if you are interested, please reply immediately via email with your Full Name, Current Mailing Address,your confidential Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication and write me immediately.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details that will help you understand the transaction.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and be rest assured that this business is risk free.

Respectfully submitted to you.
Sgt.xxx Tal Afar, Iraq.

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Comment by Dan Stueber on January 13, 2009 at 8:32am
I have seen peoples entire life savings go to these scum, because they prey on the elderly who many times have lost some of their facilities. These criminals should all be flayed alive and then set on fire to die. It is disgusting when someone losses their house because they have alzheimers and don't realize they are being taken advantage of.
Comment by Brian Train on January 12, 2009 at 11:55am
I got one like that some time ago, and it claimed to be from a sergeant in the British Army in Iraq. Even came from a uk.mil address.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on January 8, 2009 at 9:50pm
That was exactly what he was doing. There was no smooth stage of the operation, just plain old yelling, 0 to Angry in sixty seconds.
Comment by Chuang Shyue Chou on January 8, 2009 at 9:31pm
Could he have been trying to browbeat you into releasing the information and activating the card?
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on January 8, 2009 at 9:08pm
It could have been Nigeria, though the caller ID said Miami, and the company who bought the card was in Miami. What I think happened is that a Nigerian criminals based there either stole the card or bought it from the party that did, and then called the company. It's even possible that none of the malefactors knew that it had to be activated prior to use, and that part of the rudeness was shock at finding out that it was actually worthless without that.
Comment by Chuang Shyue Chou on January 8, 2009 at 8:57pm
I will not be surprised if that call originated from Nigeria. With Skype and other cheap internet-based telephony solutions, calls like these should be more common than ever. I have gotten calls where a guy with an aggressive American accent claimed that he was calling from Tokyo or Hong Kong and had wanted me to invest in a 'sure-fire' means of making money, it's an investment tip!

And when I declined citing a lack of interest, he would get angry, aggressive and insistent, asking why I was not interested in making money and all that.

Initially smooth, ultimately angry. The accents are inevitably American or Filipino.

It's quite amusing.
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on January 8, 2009 at 12:19pm
Last year, I took a job for while on a customer service line, with a company that sold prepaid gift cards. I got a call from a guy with a very thick African accent, asking - no demanding - help activating his gift card. The number he gave me was legit, and it had been issued to a real business in Florida. That part was okay. Then when I asked for the activation code that goes with the card as a fail safe against fraud, he got angry, and said "No! You tell me! That why I call YOU!"

We had a go around for about ten minutes, with the "customer" getting more and more angry, surly, and hateful. His English got more and more unintelligible, as his tone got more offensive (in more ways than one). He insisted that he worked for this company for more than five years, he wasn't a crook, why would anyone think that? Still no activation code on his end.

Toward the end of the exchange, my boss got on the line with this gentleman, convinced that I didn't have enough manners. She ended up yelling at him before hanging up the phone in anger, and having the systems people block the number from which he called.

In the end, I got blamed too, for not being polite enough when dealing the criminal element.
Comment by Arrigo Velicogna on January 8, 2009 at 11:28am
LOL... scammers are resourceful!
Comment by Byron Collins on January 8, 2009 at 11:08am
I got a bogus order two nights ago in our online store. Funny that they took the time to create an account, fill out all the information, ordered two of our games and two shirts - then tried to check out with a bogus credit card number- which of course was declined. The shipping address was a P.O. Box in Accra, Ghana.

I knew it was 'phishy' because no one has ordered our shirts ;) !

All in all it wasted 1 hour of my time.
Comment by Arrigo Velicogna on January 8, 2009 at 9:00am
Funny (also the 10th Cavalary is on the inactive list from a lot of time XD)

BTW why those funds are not relased to the Iraqui government?

btw I have recevied a lot of similar scam from nigeria and south africa... a friend of mine got some by fax in her office in USA.... once they identified me as last heir of a Taiwanese businessman... never heard that Arrigo was a taiwanese name...

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