This new scam letter was found by Carol Mangis. As many of you know I’ve been collecting these letters for the last ten years and this is definitely a new twist. It has all the typical earmarks of the Nigerian scam with a US soldier being the guy trying to get his money to a safe place. As is often the case real people’s names are used. I can assure you that anyone named Jason Freeman had nothing to do with this. Names like this are used for believability and probably because there is someone by that name in the Army so if you check you’ll think this is legitimate. Poor Jason Freeman’s name is thus unfortunately besmirched by this creep who designed the letter. There is a dead link to some text in the Lompoc record that was apparently the news report about Jason’s brother’s death. This is how the scammers got the names. An email address is used to initiate the scam and it should be investigate immediately by the FBI. It is firstname.lastname@example.org — the IP log records at Yahoo should be immediately investigated.
From: Jason Freeman
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 6:17 PM
I’m Jason Freeman 29 year old in the U.S. Army. I was among the troops sent to war in Iraq. I will appreciate your cooperation to safeguard and repatriate some funds recovered from the Iraqi soldiers.
For your information, during the war, the Iraqi government encourage their soldiers to go for war by offering them One Hundred Thousand Dollars as entitlement and Fifty Thousand Dollars as welfare for each person in liquid cash. This fund is usually in hard currencies and always in their possession.
After several bombing of their hide-out locations, a total of (UD$6,500.000.00) Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars was realised. This attack was led by my elder brother who is also my superior and only two of us know about this fund from our group since most of them are dead but after recent attack by Iraqi gunmen dressed as U.S.troops which led to the death of my brother Capt. Brian Scott Freeman (Ref: [link to Lompoc Record] I decided to move this funds immediately for an investment purpose.
However, due to my position and commitment in the U.S Army, I can not handle this transfer successfully because we are not allowed to posses such a huge amount of Money. I seek your assistance to receive this fund as my relative for an investment in the United States. I and my family do not wish to be known in this transfer to avoid any complication towards my commitments to the US Army.
Kindly get back to me shortly.
Sgt. Jason Freeman.