Fake emails making requests for money have shown up in just about everyone’s email box at some point. Recently in Santa Clara County, California, a new email has circulated that claims to be from an American Soldier serving in Afghanistan. These types of fake emails are typically signed from a citizen in a foreign country, this time the signature is that of an American soldier.
These emails are a fraudulent attempt to con people out of their money. It is also a form of identity theft. Once a person responds to these emails, they will give up many pieces of personal identity to the would-be thieves. If you receive an email such as this, do not respond to it. Report it to the authorities and your email provider.
Below is the current email from Col. Hormell Clarke in its entirety:
My name is Hormell Clarke an American soldier serving in the military with the army 3rd infantry division in Afghanistan; with a very desperate need of assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you. I got your personal details, via the internet. I am seeking your kind assistance to move some fund to you as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here.
Some money in various currencies were discovered in barrels at a farmhouse during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by colleague and I that some part of this money be shared between us before informing anybody about it since both of us saw the money first as we decided to share part of the money but I must confess to you there is no compensation that can make up for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. Of which many of our officers have been killed.
The fund was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money became a problem for me, so with the help of a British contact working here and his office enjoy some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe location entirely out of trouble spot.
He doesn’t know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to a British American medical doctor who died in a raid here in Afghanistan, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his family in his country, I have now found a very secured way of getting the package out of Afghanistan for you to pick up, and I will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me, and I believe that my money will be well secured in your hand because I feel you are humane.
I want you to tell me the percentage (%) you will take from this money upon your assistance. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with anybody, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this message as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us soldier here in Afghanistan.
I do not know how long we will remain here, and I have been wounded and survived some many times, this and other reasons I will mention later these has prompted me to reach out for help, I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me as soon as possible via this medium which is my only way of communication here.
God bless you and your family.
Col. Hormell Clarke