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Got this today.

Quote:Dear Friend,
Greetings to you and your family. My name is Ali Ibrahim I am a British by birth
and serving in Iraq as security agent. I am
desperately in need of assistance and I have summoned up courage to
contact you. I am presently working in Iraq and I found your contact
particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to
evacuate the sum of US$8.523 Million Dollars) Eight Million five Hundred Thousand
And Twenty Three Dollars to the States or any safe country of your choice,
as far as I can be assured that it will be safe in your care until I
complete my service here. This is no stolen money and
there are no dangers involved.
This money in various currencies was discovered and concealed in
barrels with piles of weapons and ammunition at a location near one of
Saddam Hussein's old Presidential Palaces during a rescue operation
and it was agreed by all party present that the money be
shared amongst us. This might appear as 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. The above figure 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 German contact working with the UN here(his
office enjoys some immunity)I was able to get the package out to a safe
location entirely,infact, out of trouble spot. He does not know the real
contents of the package as he believes that it belongs to an American
who died in an air raid, and before giving up trusted me to hand over
the package to his close relative. I have now found a secured way of getting the
out of Iraq for you to pick up. I do not know for how long I will remain here as I
have been lucky to have survived 6(six) suicide bomb attacks by Pure Divine
intervention. This and other reasons put into consideration have
prompted me to reach out for help. If it might be of interest to you
then Endeavour to contact me and we would work out the necessary
formalities but i pray that you are discreet about this mutually
benefiting relationship.
Ali Ibrahim
I wonder if there are any gullable fools left, who would believe this fraud?
Of course there are. That's why these people keep using the same silly ruse.

Greed over rides judgement a lot of times. This sounds so unsophisticated,but the infamous wife who murdered her husband in Tennessee had fallen for just such a scam.
Some people are naturally gullable. Even otherwise smart people.

Look at how many people waste their money on impractical cars they think will make them seem cooler, diet pills that make claims that aren't evaluated by the FDA (hint: If they worked, they'd let the FDA evaluate their claims.), anti-aging creams, herbal suppliments, government social programs.

People smoke tobacco they know will kill them forcrissakes!
I heard of a guy who used to reverse scam these people. I don't remember many details, but he would pretend to play along, inflaming their expectation for some quick bucks, and then somehow bilk them out of money or time. Too time consuming for me.
Reverse scam: there is a web site somewhere recording this guy's efforts...fascinating.

Gullibility: but of course, it works. I think this particular email will find more suckers kind of sounds plausible.