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Iraq 'Three Kings' Scam

If you have a spam filter that's as full of holes as mine (in its defense, I put my e-mail address out there every day so folks like you can write me at dbarney@redmondmag.com), you get lots of scams from Nigeria and other places who all need your help in moving millions of dollars out of whatever country they come from.

The last one I got had my blood boiling for two reasons: First, it lacked originality. Second, it besmirched the reputation of our fine men and women stationed in Iraq. The e-mail was from an Army private. He and his buddy came across $18 million that just happened to be laying around in Tikrit.

Now they need my help getting it out.

Last week, I watched the movie Three Kings with my son, and I'm wondering if Pvt. Taylor and his co-conspirator Sgt. Buff saw the same flick. The scam sounds like it was lifted directly from the plot of the movie, only the gold that George Clooney, Marky Mark and Ice Cube found is replaced by cold, hard cash.

One of these Iraq scams was traced back to Australia, and this little trick has been circulating for several months.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/18/2008 at 1:15 PM


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