The following email has been sent to me numerous times that supposedly comes from “SGT Robert Grey.”
From: Deployed embark Usarmy
Sent: Mon, Mar 24, 2011 13:21 am
Subject: Policies and instruction.pdf
In regards to your mail, I am pleased to tell you that you can proceed with the Vocational leave application of ”SGT ROBERT I GREY”. We have been informed about the incident that occurred on Mar 24th, 2011.You should also be aware that during this transit process, you are going to remit some amount of money to one of our finance agent in the IRAQ/USA as soon as possible. This will be refunded to you as soon your Fiance arrival to his destination has been confirmed.. I have attached to this email a copy of the policies and instructions for a vocational leave request and also a copy of the money back guarantee form, Please find the attachment, print, fill and submit the attached money back guarantee form through this medium (Email)
we are expecting you to fill the form and send back the completed copy to me us via email.. You are advised to make the payment of 1420.99USD to one of our Finance agent in USA as soon as possible. This will facilitate the payment for bringing another soldier who has the same Skills and training with SGT ROBERT I GREY. You will have to make this Payment Via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer.
Once you provide us with this information attached,you are no longer anonymous to us. We do not insist you to provide extra personal information than necessary.
All information collected will not be used for any illegal activity. The information is what we are going to be used in registration of your name with the Military Transit Department.
Your urgent Attention is needed regarding this matter as you have a limited time to process.Please kindly fill the form as soon as possible so we can refer you to our account department.
GENERAL RAYMOND T. ODIERNO
MULTI – NATIONAL CORPS IRAQ
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE, CAMP VICTORY
This, of course, comes on the heels of a statement of love by the scammer that goes something like this:
If only I could have come up with the right words to describe the depth of this beautiful feeling that I have for you, I would have whispered them to your ear if you are around me or me around you. The best thing that I can do is to show you now and i believe am not showing that to you the way i should just because am not closer to you but i know that time is coming soon where i can show you how much i feel about you.
I love you so much, You are the best thing that ever happened to me. You are like the best poetry ever composed, the best song ever played, the best picture ever painted. I never thought that someone like me could get so lucky to have you and i will never ever let you go.am ready to give up all i have,my life and my everything just for you and only you.!I love you more than my life, more than my world. I love you more and more each day and that is the most wonderful feeling any man can ever hope to experience.
One only needs to do a simply Google search to find that these aren’t original words. General Odierno and everyone else in the military uses official military emails to contact people on official business. We do not use ROCKETMAIL, GMAIL, YAHOO, or any other email address besides a .mil email address. Soldiers do NOT need money to travel home on emergency leave! If you send money to a Soldier because the military supposedly can’t get him home, it’s a scam and you’re a fool. If you have to send that money through a “courier” or any other method through Western Union or Moneygram, it’s a scam and you’re a fool.
I’m also attaching a form sent out and would like to point out a few issues:
* Header is incorrect. The address format and form number aren’t Army standard
* There is no such thing as “vocational leave” in the military
* 3rd paragraph makes no grammatical sense and would NEVER be approved at the “Assistant Secretary of the Army” level
* 4th paragraph: no such thing as a “leave bonus” in the military
* 5th paragraph: the maximum amound of leave is only two weeks, except as approved for emergency purposes. The rest is just laughable
* 6th paragraph: Soldier are not asked, forced, or suggested to pay for any portion of their approved leave from a combat zone, refundable or not. It simply isn’t true.
* 7th paragraph: Spouses do NOT apply for leave on behalf of their deployed spouses. That is the sole responsibility of the military member.
* 8th paragraph: bad grammar again not conducive to such an office
* 9th paragraph: this is added to prevent victims from seeking advice about this letter. The scammer will claim that the leave won’t be approved if anyone else gets involved or that the Soldier is in trouble.
* Second page is just a joke. There’s nothing I can add to that.