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New email scam, this time from a US Marine

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January 18, 2006

Globally, Internet security companies are warning Internet users of a new email scam that is posing somewhat as a letter from a US Marine fighting in Iraq. The offending email is a variant of the standard 419 scam, where large sums of money are promised if the recipient offers their bank account details and pays an increasing number of bribes and related commissions to the criminals.

To be sure, the message reads: 'My name is Sgt Richard Murphy, I am in the Military Engineering Unit here Baghdad, Iraq. We have about $15 Million US dollars that we want to move out of the country. My colleagues and I need a good partner, someone we can trust. This is a risk free and legal business (oil money).'

Such scams tend to follow the headlines and past examples have included emails purporting to be from the Thatchers in South Africa as well as the relatives of leaders from the Congo, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan.

"With so many scam emails being sent to internet users every day, it's hard to believe that anyone falls for such confidence tricks," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"However, innocent people risk putting their finances in danger if they correspond with these scammers, and all email users must stay on their guard."

Source: Vnunet

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