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The Nigerian Leave Request Scam
UPDATE: This Ain’t Hell writes about who you can contact if you believe you have been scammed and the person is posing as a US military member.
The Nigerian military scammers think they’re pretty smart. I guess they must be since I continue to get emails on a DAILY BASIS from women who have been scammed out of literally thousands of dollars. I tell you, I’m in the wrong line of work. I may have to move to Nigeria myself and start raking in the dough. But, my conscience and Christian beliefs wouldn’t let me.
Anyway, I got the following email forwarded to me by a woman who was being scammed. While I personally see the many flaws in this type of email, I can sort of understand how unsuspecting women could believe this was official. Let me reiterate something here: if they don’t send this kind of an email from a .mil email address, it’s not real. Plain and simple. Nothing official ever comes from email@example.com.
See? That’s a “.com” email address. Some scammers try to get sneaky and send something like firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s still a “.com” email. The “.mil” need to come AFTER the “@” symbol. Anyway, this is what the email looked like:
We receive your request for an R@R leave on behalf of Lieutenant Rhonda, we already began the processing of the leave and we have contacted the Lieutenant about it and she has confirmed that she knows you.
Meanwhile, we will need to make a proper verification between the both of you to know exactly if you are truly close and related as you have stated and the one way to do this is stated below.
Verification of your address is in progress as we will make an available flight for the soldier to fly her to the nearest airport close to you after the leave has been approved.
Therefore, there is an ISAF number for every soldier which is a confidential number for every soldier on deployment so you are to request this number from the Lieutenant and which is the final step of verification, if it what we have from you match what we have in record then the approval will take place.
However, the leave request will incur some paper work, procurement and Logistic fees to hand the Lieutenant a liberty Pass for her to leave the camp and fly out to your provided address.
Below are the charges for paper work and logistics which must be paid before the leave will finally approve.
Below are the stated charges
Paper Work Fee : 221.03
Flight Logistic fee: 533.10
Procurement Fee: 103.00
Total 856.13 USD
Meanwhile the leave is in process and been verified so we request you to make the payment of the above name fee in care of The US.Army to the Logistic Commander in charge of of the leave request who is presently on an Intervention in AUSTRALIA
Therefore payment can be made via,Bank Transfer, Flit Cash,Money Gram,Western Union Money Transfer. Due to poor economic issues the payment should be made via Western Union Money Transfer which is the best and safest way to make the payment due to your location and the Logistic Commander’s Location as we could not establish a direct link for transfer with the banks available so preferable Western Union is the best required.
Therefore payment of the above stated fee are to be sent to the Logistic commander who will process the and handle the flight and logistic of the Soldier, after you have sent the fee reply this email with the transfer information as stated below.
44 Auk Ave Burleigh Waters
QLD Australia 4220
Note: Please After payment you are to scan the copy of the receipt and send us a copy of the file or reply this email with the following information.
Yours in Service.
AJ. GEN. A.J BRADSHAW ( OBE ).
Let’s not even worry about the grammatical and spelling errors. This is the number one tipoff that you are dealing with a scammer. No professional communication would ever come from an official military source like this. NEVER.
I just wanted to share this with you so it’s out there and searchable in case others are running into this. Troops DO NOT need permission from anyone outside their chain of command to take leave. I’m married and have been in the Army for 18 years and I don’t even need my wife’s permission to take leave. We DO NOT need money to travel back to the United States for said leave or at the end of a tour. All travel is taken care of by the Air Force and contracted airlines. We DO NOT get stuck in third world countries in Africa or anywhere else. We DO NOT need liaisons or other representatives to handle our finances. If someone is on a classified mission, they WOULD NOT be talking to you and letting you know about it.