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Nigeria comes to Baghdad

Is Nigeria a member of the Coalition of the Willing? It appears to be, on the basis of this evidence. For background, let’s go back to a BBC story on April 30, 2003:

Foreign currency worth nearly $200m has been found in a Baghdad neighbourhood, the US military say.

Troops found $100m and 90m euros in 31 containers, US Central Command said.

The money has been flown out of the country to a “secure location” for counting purposes and will eventually be returned to Iraq to help rebuild the country, the US said.

Last week, US troops found more than $650m in the same area of Baghdad.

The latest banknotes were discovered between 23 and 26 April in an area of Baghdad secured by members of the US 3rd Infantry Division, according to a US statement. (BBC)

I got the BBC link from a colleague who received in his InBox the following variant on The Nigerian Scam. It’s sadly hilarious:

From: Steve Buxton < sbuxton4u10@yahoo.com>
Date: Oct 1, 2007 1:41 PM
Subject: Important Message
To: sbuxton4u10@yahoo.com

Hello, My name is Stephen Buxton, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the military with the 1st Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are being attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family in 2003. The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills, this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for sometime but with the proposed troop in increase by president Bush, we are afraid that the money may be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending the completion of our assignment here. Check out this web link;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds, No strings attached, Iraq is a war zone, we plan on using diplomatic means to ship the money out as military cargo to your home, under diplomatic immunity cover. I am contacting you in confidence, all arrangement for the successful delivery has been put in place, all we need from you is to receive the cargo from the diplomat, If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to find a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest.

Regards ,
Sgt. Stephen Buxton

Yes, regards to you, too, Sgt. Buxton. I am circulating this as a public service for those who want to Support our Troops. Please share the proceeds with me.

Comments

  1. #1 Mia
    April 28, 2009

    I have just recieved the same email will copy and past it..

    Hello Friend, Am deeply sorry for the informal introduction but due to the urgent need of the situation i sum up courage to contact you and seek your assistant.My name is Stephen Buxton, I am an American soldier, I am serving in themilitary with the 3rd Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are beingattacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs. We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family in2003. The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills,this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for sometime but with theproposed withdrawal of troops by president Barrack Obama, to end the suicide bombing and make peace with Iraq militant and terrorist ,we are afraid that the money maybe discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pendingthe completion of our assignment here. READ THIS WEBSITE VERY WELL AND GET BACK TO ME……. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm We are ready to compensate you with a good percentage of the funds, No stringsattached, Iraq is a war zone, we plan on using diplomatic means to ship themoney out as military cargo to your home, under diplomatic immunity cover.I am contacting you in confidence, all arrangement for the successful deliveryhas been put in place, all we need from you is to receive the cargo from thediplomat, If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is tofind a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you?When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifyingyour interest. Regards ,Sergeant Stephen Buxton.Camp MXP-512 Third Infantry Division Unit(T.I.D.U),Abul Uruj, Baghdad, Iraq

  2. #2 John
    June 14, 2009

    I received this on 5 April, 2009. and was suckered in. Steve changed his fighting group. His accomplices are Alex Cooke, Dixie Cooke, (With or without the ‘e’ at the end.) Joe Harrison in New York, Luke John in New York, Douglas Cole in Houston, Texas, and I do not know how many more.
    I have contacted my attorney to see if I have a recourse to retrieve some of my funds already sent to them.
    I copied and pasted the email I received from Steve. I have the rest from Alex Cook (supposedly a diplomat), I can post for your edification if you want.
    John

    Hello Friend,

    Am deeply sorry for the informal introduction but due to the urgent need of the
    situation i sum up courage to contact you and seek your assistant.
    My name is Stephen Buxton, I am an American soldier, I am serving in the
    military with the 3rd Armored Division in Iraq , as you know we are being
    attacked by insurgents everyday and car bombs.
    We managed to move part of funds belonging to Saddam Hussein’s family in
    2003.

    The total amount is US$25 Million dollars in cash, mostly 100 dollar bills,
    this money has been kept somewhere outside Baghdad for sometime but with the
    proposed withdrawal of troops by president Barrack Obama, to end the suicide bombing
    and make peace with Iraq militant and terrorist ,we are afraid that the money may
    be discovered hence we want to move this money to you for safekeeping pending
    the completion of our assignment here.

    READ THIS WEBSITE VERY WELL AND GET BACK TO ME…….

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm

    We are ready to compensate you with good percentage of the funds, No strings
    attached, Iraq is a war zone, we plan on using diplomatic means to ship the
    money out as military cargo to your home, under diplomatic immunity cover.
    I am contacting you in confidence, all arrangement for the successful delivery
    has been put in place, all we need from you is to receive the cargo from the
    diplomat, If you are interested I will send you the full details, my job is to
    find a good partner that we can trust and that will assist us. Can I trust you?
    When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying
    your interest.

    Regards ,
    Sergeant Stephen Buxton.
    Camp MXP-512 Third Infantry Division Unit(T.I.D.U),
    Abul Uruj, Baghdad, Iraq

  3. #3 Royce
    August 31, 2009

    I received this e-mail August 30th, 2009

    Dear Friend,

    I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to
    you before now. My name is Harry Benson, a master sgt. of The U.S. Marine,
    deployed to Iraq in the beginning of the war in 2003.I would like to share
    some highly personal classified information about my personal experience
    and role which I played in the pursuit of my career serving under the U.S
    ARMY which was at the fore-front of the war in Iraq. Though, I would like
    to hold back certain information for security reasons for now until you
    have found time to visit the BBC website stated below to enable you have
    insight regarding what I intend to share with you, believing that it would
    be of your desired interest in one way or the other.Here is a BBC news
    listing that confirms what I share with you.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2988455.stm Also, could you get
    back to me having visited the above website to enable us discuss in a more
    vivid manner to the best of your understanding. I must say that I’m very
    uncomfortable sending this message to you without knowing truly if you
    would misconstrue the importance and decide to go public.In this regards,I
    will not hold back to say that the essence of this letter is strictly for
    mutual benefit of you and I and nothing more.I will be more vivid and
    coherent in my next email in this regards.
    Meanwhile,could you send me a mail confirming you have visited the site
    and understood my intentions?Standing by for your response.
    warm regards,
    master sgt.Harry Benson


    This message has been scanned for viruses and
    dangerous content by MailScanner, and is
    believed to be clean.

  4. #4 charlotte
    July 26, 2010

    Received this same info today. No one is giving you nothing. There is always a price to pay when you get taken in. I just shake my head in disgust at these people who try to victimize innocent people. I get several of these emails daily, each worded differently, but they all narrow down to one thing and that is a SCAM. Always remember the word SCAM .. keep your money in your pocket.