Here is a long email which is certainly a Nigerian Scam and should be deleted. Often these scams are in the name of military personnel, in order to impress the reader. It is typical in that it aims to obtain a sympathetic response from the reader with the objective of obtaining money. Clearly it is a scam and is NOT from the person it purports to be.

Update: 20th August 2015 – We have been informed from a resident of Cascais that this is also circulating under the name “Captain Ryan Purple”

“I am a captain commanding 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment with the United States and Britain Coalition Force in Afghanistan on war against terrorism. Based on the United States legislative and executive decision for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, i have decided to quit the marine and relocate to your country that’s why I need to invest on it now.

I want you to help me and buy property for my family and as well invest on real estate in your country and that is why I contacted you. On the other hand I want to inform you that I have in my possession the sum of $16.2million (US Dollars) which was recovered from one of our raids on terrorists here in Afghanistan because they keep most of their money at home for evil activities which they normally get through illegal deals on crude oil. Based on the suffering we undergo here some of us do meet such luck. It happened that I went for this raid with the men in my unit and I decided to take it as my share for my stress here in this evil land filled with suicide bombers. I deposited this money with a Red Cross agent informing him that we are making contact for the real owner of the money. It is under my power to approve whoever comes forth for this money.

I wish to use this money on real estate/lands and property investment in your country because i know a lot of money is involved in it, that was the more reason I decided to resign and come over to your country once I move this money out of here through diplomatic courier service which is the safest means,i don’t want to die fighting terrorist all my life.

I need someone I could deal with. If you accept, I will transfer the money to where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed person and i cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the beneficiary. I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so i have a 100%authentic means of transferring the money through a diplomatic courier service .I just need your acceptance and all is done.

Please if you are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why i went to a secured site where I can be sure that the person is real. I believe I can trust you as a lawyer. Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our discussions, then I can explain in details to you. I will only reach you through emails, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.

Also I want you to know that am revealing this deal to you with belief that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this deal, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you on the next step to take urgently. If you are interested please reply me immediately so I can contact you for further inquiries. I am writing from a fresh email account so if you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message, if no response after 3days i will then search for someone else. I am doing this on trust, you should understand and you should know that as a trained military expert I will always play safe in case you are the bad type, but I pray you are not. $16.2million is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone.

I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In less than 7days the money should have been noted on your care and I will come over for my money. I will give to you 30% of the sum and 70% is for me. I hope I am being fair on this deal.

I wait to hear back from you.

Capt.John Kelly”