Conversations with a Scammer

Below is a transcript of my conversations with a real scammer who contacted me anonymously via LinkedIn. I tried to see how much fun I could have with this, and how long I could keep the communication going for. I will continue to add to this as the conversation continues.

1. I get an anonymous LinkedIn message

Hi, My friend (Sgt John Wilson) just sent me an email stating that he wants to relocate from the army camp in Iraq to your location, he wants me to help him make contact with a person that can assist him relocate. Also he has a private business to discus with you. His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Me (replying on LinkedIn)

Sounds interesting.

3. I email the above email account with an anonymous gmail account:

Hi, got your message about St John Wilson. I also know a John Wilson. I wasn't sure if he was a sergeant though. He's a nice guy, and I think all John Wilson's are so what can I do to help.

4. Email Response from Scammer

Good Day from Iraq,

Thank you for contacting me as I requested through my friend on LinkedIn, I am Sgt John Wilson, I am from (USA) Am one of the Combat Soldier group of 50,000, 00 combatant, left behind in Iraq since October 2002 for advisory and assistance to Iraq Forces after the Handing over to Iraq Peace Keeping Force, During my services, I was able to secure (Ten Million Dollar) I need to be very careful to make sure no other soldier here knows about my plans to relocate from this camp to start a new life in your country. Before I proceed further to give you more important information on how to proceed please view the link below to be sure of the source of my money, the share that was giving to me here in the Army camp Iraq.


Some money in various currencies was discovered concealed in barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of Saddam,s old palaces during a rescue operation, and it was agreed by all party present that the money be shared among-st us, this was quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? no compensation can make up for the risks we have taken with our lives in this hell hole. ($10 million U.S Dollars) 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 Russian Red Cross Officer (Alyosha Bogdan) who is working here, and his office enjoys some immunity, I was able to get the package out to a safe cation entirely out of trouble spot.

He does not know the real contents of the package, and believes that it belongs to a Russian who died in an air raid, and before giving up, trusted me to hand over the package to his business associate. I have now found a secured way of getting the package out to a safer country (Russia) with the help of (Alyosha Bogdan) for you to pick up, and will discuss this with you when I am sure that you are willing to assist me. One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with a third party, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please destroy this mail as any leakage of this information will be too bad for us.I do not know for how long we will remain here, and I have survived 7 suicide bomb attacks by the special grace of God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out for help to secure my money for me to make plans to escape from this place to a safe country and start a new life, this is because I can not go back to the U.S when I escape from the army camp, they will find me and it will be too bad for me as it is against the U.S army rules. I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately so that I can look for a way to escape from this camp to meet with you to start a new life immediately the money is in your possession. For me to be able to provide you with the deposit receipt and the contact information of the courier security company where (Alyosha Bogdan) deposited the package on my behalf please provide me with your information as listed below:

Your full name:
Your Address:
Contact phone:

At this point I want you to know that I'am not a greedy person, I will share the total amount with you 50/50. Immediately I receive the above information from you I will forward it to the courier security company and notify them that you will be contacting them to receive the package on my behalf, I will provide you with the contact information of the courier security company and also forward you the deposit receipt for you to send to the courier security company as prof for the delivery to you. The package that will be delivered to you is securely lock by me using this security number (3701***) I will provide you with the last three security digit immediately you confirm to me that the package has been delivered to you by the security company so that you can open the package and take your %50 share of the money and keep my %50 share for me until am able to come and meet with you to start a new life. Please find as attach to this email the open view content of the package before I arrange and lock with the above security numbers. Thank you for your time and understanding. Please do immediately respond to me so that we can get things done on time for me to escape from this hell hole to start a new life in your country.

Sgt John Wilson


5. My Email Response

Hello John, it's nice to meet you. That's a lot of money, I'm wondering if it will all fit into that briefcase, it looks a bit small.

Re Mr Alyosha Bogdan, is that the guy who's friends with Graziela Bastos? She's my first sister in law twice removed from my third cousin, and she knows Alyosha. Small world!

Anyway here are my details:

Your full name: Arneed Aszheet
Your Address: 853 Roehampton Dr. Marlton, NJ 08053
Contact phone: (435)871-9232
Occupation: Manscaper, specialising in back sack and crack.
Age: 62

Please don't contact me by phone. I have 13 children and don't want any of them to find out about the money because I don't really like them, they are all crazy like my wife.

6. Now I have to deal with someone else

Good Day from Iraq To You Arneed,

Thank you for your email and your willingness to assist me out of this hell hole camp. I receive your information and it has been forwarded to Russia Pony Express Courier Security Company for the delivery process of the package to you, I do not have much time to seat on the computer right now but quickly find as attach to this email the deposit receipt that was used to deposit the package with the courier security company by (Alyosha Bogdan) on my behalf, also below is the contact information for the courier security company

Mr. Maxine Robert
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
T: +79 672 040 887

Please note that the courier security company do not know the original content of the package as it was said to them at the point of deposit that the package contains (Antifact) so please do not make mention of the original content $10,000.000 to them, also I will like to bring to your notice that the money did not contain that single briefcase I had to use another briefcase to package the rest of the money, so it is two briefcase that will be delivered to you not one.

Your point is well noted and I will not call you on phone as we can always communicate here by email until the package is delivered to you. Do immediately send an email to the security company using the above information requesting delivery of the package that was deposited by (Alyosha Bogdan) on this day (March 2nd 2018) do forward to them the deposit receipt that is attach to this email. Thank you for your time and understanding and please do immediately acknowledge the receipt of this email.

Sgt John Wilson


7. It's getting real now

OK thanks I'll get in touch with them. This is getting real, I'm very excited. I can't wait to spend my money on lollipops, a Nissan GTR, and the latest in non-tearing butthole wax. What will you spend your money on?

8. Yeehah, time for me to contact the Pony Express! (note that there's no website running for this domain name. Very credible!

To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attachment: Image as above

Message: Hello, I have attached a delivery receipt so that you can send me two suitcases. I assume it will not be arriving by Pony right?

9. Show me the money!


Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for contacting us for the this delivery, as we have sent several emails to Sgt John Wilson the owner of the package for him to come pick it up or provide some one to receive the delivery for him.

We are in receipt of the deposit receipt which you have provided as an evidence that you are contacting us for this delivery on behalf of Sgt John Wilson. Please Note that this package has been kept safe in our security department for five months now and Mr Alyosha Bogdan who deposited the package on behalf of Sgt John Wilson only paid for one month security keeping which is $70 now the package is due for four months security keeping fee before it can be release from our security department for delivery to you, four months security keeping fee is $280, and the VAT & Shipping fees for us to carry out delivery outside the Russia Federation is $630. In this case the total amount that need to be paid to this company for us to process the safe delivery of this package to you in your country will be $910.

All you need to do right now for us to proceed further is to make the payment of $910. for us to process the safe delivery of this package to you in your country.

Before you contacted us for this delivery, Sgt John Wilson has already forwarded to this compnay tour delivery information, but we need you to re-confirm to this office your delivery information as listed below

Your full name:
Your delivery Address:
Your phone Number:

Also do find bellow the information of our account officer for you to make the required payment at any western union office close to you.

First Name: Chris
Middle Name: Ekeledirichukwu
Last Name: Omesue


Please do provide your delivery information as listed above for re-confirmation. Immediately you make the payment to the above information do send us the western union payment receipt for us to confirm your payment and proceed with your delivery process to you with out no further delay, upon confirming your payment dispatch and arriving details will be provided to you. Thank you for your understanding as we look forward to serve you better now and in all your future delivery purpose.

Have a wonderful time and we await your swift response.

Dispatch Director
Mr. Maxine Robert
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
T: +79 672 040 887

10. Me reconfirming my delivery information

Hi, just reconfirming my details:

Your full name: Arneed Asheet
Your Address: 853 Roehampton Dr. Marlton, NJ 08053
Contact phone: (435)871-9232

How do I make the payment? Do you have a bank account number? I'm not in the Western Union, I'm in America.

11. Now I have a bank account to pay into


Dear Valued Customer: Arneed Asheet,

This is to inform you that your delivery information has been re-confirmed valid for your delivery to you in America. Please do find below the bank account information for you to proceed with the required payment for us to proceed with your delivery.

Mko Deliveries inc
320 Ashton ave Linden nj 07036
Acc: 5561069853 Rt: 231372691
Swift: SVRNUS33
Santander Bank
1000 s elmora ave Elizabeth nj 07202

Do immediately proceed with payment to the above account number today and provide us with the payment confirmation receipt so that we can confirm your payment and process your delivery to you this weekend. Thank you for your understanding as we hope to serve you better.

Mr. Maxine Robert
E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
T: +79 672 040 887

12. Introducing my Cousin in Moscow

Hi, I tried to transfer the money, but it didn't work. Are you sure those bank account details are correct? What might be easier is if I get my cousin to come and give you the money. He lives in Moscow, but is driving down to Luhansk this week for business. He can bring cash, in US dollars.

 13. No, just pay us the money


Dear Valued Customer,

How are you doing today, your email was receive and your point was well noted, however I want you to understand that we need to confirm your payment today or at most tomorrow morning as we have delivery to the United State of America tomorrow night, we can not wait till weekend for your cousin to come pay in cash and this city is over 20 hours drive from Moscow. What you need to do right now is to pick any of the bellow address close to you and go there with the money and send it to our account officer by western union money transfer, the below address are the addresses of western union shops close to you so try to proceed to the one nearest to you today and make the payment with out no further delay.

RITE AID #10452
200 Tuckerton Rd
Bldg K
Medford, NJ 08055-8806

This location has a maximum payout limit of $300. Please contact store for details.
404 Route 73 S
Evesham, NJ 08053-2048

RITE AID #10448
111 Route 73
Voorhees, NJ 08043-9573

RITE AID #1596
480 Centennial Blvd
Voorhees, NJ 08043-3808

307 W Route 70
Marlton, NJ 08053-1635

RITE AID #10453
409 Stokes Rd
Medford, NJ 08055-8475

RITE AID #10466
200 N Route 73 Unit 16
West Berlin, NJ 08091-2504

183 S Route 73
West Berlin, NJ 08091-3759

Please immediately proceed to any of the above address nearest to you and send the money to our account officer today at western union office using the below payment information:

First Name: Chris
Middle Name: Ekeledirichukwu
Last Name: Omesue


Imeediately you send the money at western union office do forward the payment receipt to us for us to confirm your payment so that the boxes will be among the item that will be dispatching russia to America tomorrow night. Thank you for your understanding as we await your western union payment receipt.

 14. My Cousin is there now

Good news, my cousin is flying down today, the client needed him urgently and paid for his plane ticket. He's got the money, where can he meet you?

15. Yay, a confirmed physical delivery address. You've been phished!

Above is our office address. let him bring the morning today during office hours. Thank you.

16. Time to set up for the Interpol sting

He should be there soon, he's phoned me to say he's grabbing some sushi from around the corner.

17. Interpol have arrived

My cousin has rung me on his phone. He was about to go to your address, and Interpol police pulled up in cars. He ran as fast as he could, he's just called me from inside a rubbish bin outside the supermarket around the corner. He thinks they are looking for him because he was dropping money off to you. I think you need to get out of there right now, they are after you. GET OUT, GET OUT. Have we done something wrong? I don't want to get in trouble with the police. Email me when you can, I really need to get those suitcases.

18. I think they're on to me


Dear Valued Customer:

You are really funny because you are saying rubbish, this is a legal office and a big company we deliver goods world wide we have no problem may be your cousin is a criminal I don't know. How ever I think you are just playing jokes and you are not ready to help Sgt John. I will email Sgt John for him to get a more reasonable person to contact us for this delivery. Thank you.

19. The call out

Dear valued Mr Maxine Robert,

OK sorry, yes my cousin got it all wrong, it was nothing to do with you, they were actually raiding a meth lab near you it turns out!

So yes I'll transfer the money today. Just a few questions before I do so:

1) Why is your domain name "", when the shipping company in Russia called "Pony Express" has a domain name of ""?

2) Why is the certificate of deposit an image that has has had details graphically added to it?

3) Why for an International shipping company is your English so bad?

4) Why have you not worked out that my name ("Arneed Asheet") is the same as "I need a shit"?

5) Why did you not question my very strange occupation?

6) Why have you believed any part of my clearly weird communications?

7) Why have you not checked your emails for a spam / unsafe content score? They are flagged in gmail.

Just crack out a few quick answers for that stuff and I'll transfer the money to you straight away!

Going forward from here for you, I think the main issues is that you're far too trusting. You need to do some cyber security awareness training, especially anti phishing.


Don't have time for the signature, am on the toilet.


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