Public Service Announcement

Prepared by the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)

August 10, 2006
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Scam Preying on Americans' Emotions for U.S. Deployed Soldiers

The IC3 has received reports concerning multiple e-mail hoaxes claiming to be from a soldier deployed to Iraq. The individual claims to be in possession of millions of dollars and requests assistance in moving the funds. The funds allegedly came from a soldier who was an orphan and recently died while on a mission in Iraq. The individual claims he wants assistance with donating the funds to an American orphanage.

This e-mail is a hoax. Do not respond.

Be cautious when responding to requests delivered through unsolicited e-mail:

  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials asking for donations through unsolicited e-mails or requesting the movement of funds to a charity or other program.
  • If you donate to a charity, ensure the contributions are received and used for the intended purposes. Go directly to recognized organizations, as opposed to relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at www.IC3.gov.