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Iraq Soldier Advance Fee Scam

Email, supposedly from Sgt. Chuck White Fitte, claims that the recipient's help is needed to move millions of dollars in cash out of Iraq (Full commentary below).


Example:(Submitted, June 2007)
From: Sgt.Chuck White Fitte

All responses to:-


My name is Chuck White Fitte and I am an American soldier serving in the Military of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq. As you know, we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombings. We stumbled into Saddam Hussein's storage vault and discovered funds belonging to his family. The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills tightly tied in $1000.00 bundles. We want to move this money to a reputable/sincere person for investment purposes. This is the reason for contacting you.

We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds. The only thing we require from you is just for you to help us move the funds out of Iraq because Iraq is a war zone. We plan on using diplomatic means to shipping the money out as military cargo, using diplomatic immunity. If you are interested I will send you the full details. My job is to find a good and respectable partner with great repute that we can trust that will assist us. Can we trust you? When you receive this letter,kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone numbers and your full mailing address.

This is 100% risk free.
All responses to:-

Sgt.Chuck White Fitte.

An increasingly common tactic being used by advance-fee scammers is to pretend to be a US soldier based in Iraq who has found a stash of hidden loot. In the example shown above, "Sgt.Chuck White Fitte" and his comrades have chanced upon a fortune in cash apparently hidden by Saddam Hussein. But, claims the email, the soldiers need your help to move this money out of Iraq so that they can invest it. And, of course, they are willing to offer you a generous percentage of all this lovely cash in exchange for your help.

Sounds like a great opportunity doesn't it? You could become a millionaire overnight just for helping out a bunch of patriotic soldiers who surely deserve a reward for the extreme hardship and danger they face every day. Sure, the money is not really theirs (or yours) to move or invest but Saddam certainly doesn't need it anymore and, in any case, the dictator probably stole it to begin with. So, really, you shouldn't have too much trouble in convincing yourself that the money is fair game, yes?

But, alas, the wads of cash are just a figment of some slimy scammer's imagination who is certainly not a soldier based in Iraq. Like thousands of similar variations, the email is designed to temp the gullible into agreeing to participate in this enticing, once-in-a-lifetime "opportunity". Once our hapless victim, Mr. Greedy Gullible, agrees to proceed, the scammers will begin sending him requests for upfront payments. These payments, Mr. Scumbag Scammer will claim, are entirely necessary if the deal is to be successful and they cannot, under any circumstances, be deducted from the lump sum. According to Mr. Scammer, the payments are needed to pay bribes, insurance or legal expenses, delivery costs, or any other fanciful excuse that he can come up with.

Mr. Scammer will continue to extract further payments from Mr. Gullible until he has no more funds to give or, belatedly, realizes that he is being conned. Along the way, Mr. Gullible may have inadvertently submitted a wealth of personal information such as financial, address and employment details, and "verified" his identity by providing a social security number, his driver's license number and more. Thus, Mr. Scammer may collect enough information to steal Mr. Gullible's identity or sell it to a fellow scumbag.

Scam email cover stories about hordes of cash found by soldiers in Iraq may seem believable to some potential victims because such finds have actually occurred and have been widely reported in the media. In fact, some versions of the scam include links to genuine articles about such finds and even use the names of real soldiers in an attempt to add credibility to the scammer's spurious claims.

Sadly, Nigerian scams like this continue to claim victims all around the world. Advance fee scammers use a huge variety of stories to further their nefarious ends. Any email, fax, or surface mail message that claims you can receive a percentage of a large sum of money in exchange for helping to move or process the funds is very likely to be part of an advance-fee scam.

For more information about advance-fee scams, see:
Nigerian Scams - 419 Scam Information

Last updated: 14th June 2007
First published: 14th June 2007

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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