Mar 07 2014
Following up initially receiving this phishing scam, I couldn’t help but respond.
Hi. Sgt. Perry,
Please send additional details. Happy to help.
Not surprisingly, I received a fast response from the scammer:
How are you doing today? I am very happy to hear from you, I can see you are a Honest person, I want you to also know more about me, I am a US citizen, I don’t have any family, I was adopted when I lost my parents in a car acident when I was 13 year old, I was raise up by my adopted parents, but they died years ago, the relatives of my adopted Parents threw me out of the house saying that I was not there real son. I know you can handle this money for me till I come over to meet you; we can also build friendship with this transaction.
Thank you for your response. There is no risk what so ever, as regards this money, and also, I want you to be rest assured that everything been done here are strictly Legitimate, so you do not need to have any doubt. The most important thing is that I do not want this money to go through the bank around here, I have a very good, trusted and reliable diplomatic courier contact used mostly by our forces in Jordan, that can send goods easily through diplomatic and private military way, to anywhere in the world without them being checked at any port of entry. They can deliver this money for you easily, to any address of your choice. The baggage will be tagged diplomatic documents, and the courier company, are not going to know the contents of the box.
A few friends have used this means to convey goods, without being checked because of the diplomatic immunity they enjoy. Their charges are very high, but I will negotiate a way out from this end, till it gets to your door step anywhere and I will follow up immediately and meet with you for disbursement after you have received it.
I am very sure you will know the best way to handle this money for us, when it gets to your base. Please let me have an address where you want them to deliver the goods to you. It could be a bank address or your Company address. As soon as I get it, I will start making arrangements as to sending the merchandise to you.
I will send the total since I can not take any chances by keeping cash on me as I am working for the government.. Your percentage still stands at 40%.
(What do you do for a living? Are you married with kids? Can you handle these funds?)
I will also want to see your passport copy or id/, driver’s License so I know who I am dealing with OK .We need to build trust OK! It is only me that knows about the transaction from this end. Please if you know that you are not capable of handling this huge sum, please don’t allow me to send it, I can always find other means of dealing with this.
You know that the security is very important, you can not trust anybody therefore note that this transaction is not safe on the phone, remember to keep secret secret. Please also send me your mobile number the total sum amount’s to $24 MILLIONS US DOLLARS and I hope that you can handle it? I hope you are OK with this? Everything must be done by email and make sure you check your email everything day because you don’t have much time on this, Will you still help? I need your urgent reply in this regard.
Provide the following information.
Sgt Perry Rice,
United States Army . Afghanistan.
I decided to stop the fun right here and not bother to respond. If the scammer follows typical protocol, once he has my personal information – which can easily be sold or traded in underground cybercriminal forums – it would only be one or two more e-mails before banking account information is exchanged.