A QQ-loving US soldier in Iraq is offering $120 to every reader of Naked Security

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Sgt Jack Lenz, a member of the US military stationed in Iraq, sent me the following email:

Sgt Jack Lenz sends me an email

> I need a Loyal and trusting
> person

I'm your man! In return, I hope you can also be trusted, and aren't trying to steal my identity or con me out of paying "administration fees" before riches can be transferred into my bank account.

> Dear Friend,

Slightly presumptuous, but maybe he doesn't realise I'm English and not used to such early familiarity. He'll be giving me "high fives" next...

> I am one of US Military forces,
> and one of the few thousands
> still stationed in Iraq, I
> need to discuss some personal
> matter with you.

Uh-oh. This could be awkward...

> I know that it would be difficult
> to trust someone you hardly know
> because of the numerous scams
> transmitted via the Internet,

Tell me about it! I'm still waiting for Bill Gates to give me three million Euros, so I can clear my desk at Naked Security, tell HR where they can shove it, and drive off into the sunset...

But yes, thanks for the timely warning.

> but I am willing to send to you
> adequate proof of my identity as
> soon as we agree to work
> together,

You sound like an honest chap...

> and of course if I can be assured
> that you will not use that and
> any other information I would
> be sharing with you against me
> in anyway,

... and a sensible one. After all, you don't know me from Adam.

Who knows what ghastly mischief I might get up to if you were to carelessly share your personal information with me!? I've heard there are bad folks out there on the net, so you are right to be cautious.

> if my intentions are genuine, and
> for our mutual benefit.

> As you may be aware, the US
> government, the Treasury
> department, and the Federal
> reserve Board have concluded
> plans to change the face of the
> US $ bills because of
> counterfeiting as they claim,
> and the 100 $ bill made
> its debut since Wednesday,
> April 21st, 2010.kindly go
> through the below link to see
> what am trying to explain
> to you;

> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7444083.stm
> http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/11/iraq.deaths/

I didn't know that, so thanks for the links.

CNN and BBC News stories

> I will be in some kind of mess
> if I cannot find a solution
> to take care of some very
> large amount of money in US$
> bills that I have concealed
> here for 9 months.

Hang on a minute. It sounds like you have been hiding stolen money. Was it really wise for you to email me out of the blue, using your real name and email address?

> I will require someone outside
> Iraq to take care of the pick
> up, and that is what I want us
> to discuss. I am willing to offer
> you $6M (six million Dollars as
> your share for the role you will
> play if we agree to work
> together.

Six million dollars? SIX MILLION DOLLARS? You may be a very fine soldier, but your business sense is diabolical. Why would you start the negotiation by offering me - a complete stranger - so much money?

I would have been happy with $600, and a "Breaking Bad" DVD box set.

How am I going to explain six million dollars to the tax man?

And now you've left breadcrumbs across the internet, linking my email address to yours - if we go ahead with this business arrangement, haven't we just left clues lying around for the authorities to pick up? You sir, are an amateur!!!

Part of scam email

> Please contact me so we can
> discuss the details, and
> should you have any reasons
> to reject this offer,
> please delete this mail and
> I will never bother you
> again. I appreciate your
> understanding.

> Respectfully,
> Sgt. Jack Lenz
> Sgt.jacklenz@qq.com

Well, at least you've given a different email address there from the one you emailed me from. QQ.com - isn't that a Chinese instant messaging wotsit?

US soldier. Image from ShutterstockA crafty way to throw people off our scent, and make them believe that you're a Chinese advance fee fraud scammer rather than a real member of the US military in Iraq. You may be a genius after all!

Although the tax man might get suspicious if I suddenly land a six million dollar windfall, don't worry! I think I have a solution.

The good readers of Naked Security can help you.

We get between 40,000-50,000 different people visiting Naked Security each day. If each one of them contacts you, maybe you could give each of them their share of the $6,000,000.

That comes to - let me think - something like $120 each!

Readers? What do you think? Are you up for it? Let us know if Sgt Jack Lenz honours the deal.

But maybe be careful not to give him any money in advance, or share any personal information. Just in case..

Soldier in desert uniform image from Shutterstock.

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24 Responses to A QQ-loving US soldier in Iraq is offering $120 to every reader of Naked Security

  1. xorinzor · 479 days ago

    I love the sarcasm used here :)

  2. Let's all create 'disposable' email accounts and each send "Sgt Jack Lenz" an acceptance message at his QQ.com address.

    Better still, let's just ignore him.

  3. haha, you are so clever! I love how funny you are reporting this scam

  4. hahaha love it. i'm still waiting on $3m from BG also

  5. Warlord711 · 479 days ago

    OMG he really sent me that 6 Million $ !!!

    Now you are speechless arent you ?
    I will get them, as soon as i paid those little fee of 1,200 $ to Mr. Bunga Bunga- Nigeria !

    And due they use Western Union only, i get my money even quicker ;-)

  6. Tattooed_mummy · 479 days ago

    Tsk, so many suspicious people around these days, he sounds nice. My bank need to confirm my bank details and they need me to send details to a yahoo account, i expect that's cos yahoo have better security than my bank. :-)

  7. Campbell · 479 days ago

    Brilliant!

  8. solenoid · 479 days ago

    Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here.

    Nice entertaining post. This is a slight twist on a familiar story.

  9. Bill C · 479 days ago

    I got in contact with him, he promised he doesn't want any money!

    Just the following items:

    - Mother's maiden name
    - SSN
    - Fingerprints
    - 3 forms of Government ID (1 of them having a picture)
    - A sample of DNA
    - Your first born child

    I'm gonna go with my instincts on this one and say he's legit! ;-)

  10. MikeP_UK · 479 days ago

    Love it!

    But wait! He's a US military person, right? So why does he use a Yahoo.co.uk email address? And then give an address at qq.com?

    Fishy goings on? Oh, yeh!!

  11. Samuel · 479 days ago

    Wow I have my $120 did you get yours

  12. Hugo Köncke · 479 days ago

    Really nice sarcastic comments !! :-)

  13. Adam · 479 days ago

    I'm surprised at how heartless you all are. This poor soldier is trying to shoulder the burden of the billions he has hidden away, and turns to the charity of a stranger as his last desperate hope. It just goes to show how cold the world has become that you won't even accept $6 million as compensation for aiding in international crime. Oh the humanity.

  14. Tony · 479 days ago

    I am one of those 50,000 different people who visits Naked Security each day, but I sometimes check in twice, does that mean I get $240.00?

    • Sorry, no. If we were to ask Sgt Lenz to pay up per pageview, it would be a lot less cash. I thought unique visitor was fairer.

  15. EdCampbell · 479 days ago

    Spammers are truly Dummies. I have received many such emails including ones from dying old ladies etc. I really wish there was a way to actually trap these guys and get them to pay up. Maybe someone should finance a team of people who actually arange to meet these guys and nail them. It would be really interesting to see who they really are and where they come from.

  16. I wonder how many "I'm stationed over here too... what battalion are you in?" and "Sgt Lenz? Please report to your CO" responses they get....

  17. Scott · 479 days ago

    Hahahaha! I LOVE the come-backs by the author on this! Hey where's my $120? :P

  18. Nigel · 479 days ago

    Yeah...terrific. Count me in.

    Very informative message from Sgt. Lenz. Now I know what's been happening to all the tax money the Feds have been confiscating for all these years. Evidently, they make it available for non-commissioned officers to "conceal".

    Great send-up, Graham. Of course, I'd hope that most NakedSecurity readers would know enough to have flushed such a message by the time they finished reading the first sentence.

    For my part, I would have flushed it on the subject line alone. I'm not sure what a "Loyal" person is (the initial cap makes it a proper noun), but I'm sure I'm not one. Or the writer is an idiot. Either way, I'd have marked it junk pronto.

  19. Irene · 479 days ago

    Sweet! Got my $120 this morning in the mail.

  20. Dee · 478 days ago

    I find it a bit interesting that the email providers don't send emails from time to time to the account holders even automated emails to tell them about these hoaxes. If they did they would probably prevent hundreds and thousands of lives being affected by this i.e. vulnerable demographics like lonely older folk who fall for it every single day....mmmjustsayin'.

  21. Mick A · 476 days ago

    W00t! I've just emailed Sgt Lenz to say Lenz some money; and he's agreed to use the ten grand I've sent him via Western Union to hire a convoy of camels to deliver the spendulas to West Yorkshire. I have already nailed my bosses tie to his desk. GOODBYE SUCKERS!

  22. Georgi Kodinov · 475 days ago

    You get enjoyment ridiculing the first such letter. Then you ignore a number of ones that follow. And then all you're left with is the lost bandwidth, time and resources to deal with the continuing tide of these e-mails.
    And the occasional sum of money sent to god-knows-who.
    IMHO until we find these e-mails even slightly amusing they'll keep coming.

    • Mick A · 474 days ago

      These emails are becoming more sophisticated, now they have lost their biblical references and key words like 'modalities', 'Western Union' and 'I'm not a frudstar' - that you could train your email client to filter. This 'sophistication' isn't something that a normal, balanced rational person would fall for; however if people didn't fall for it, they wouldn't get sent. It costs people in the US alone millions of dollars a year, because they don't know any better...

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