Scammer Poses as Soldier for Circulating E-Mail

Friday, June 5th 2009, 5:43 pm
By: News 9

By Amy Lester, NEWS 9

OKALHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma's support for its military servicemen and women is being targeted by an online scammer.

The e-mail is making its way through the inboxes of hundreds, appearing to be from an American soldier serving in Iraq.

Amanda Killman, who received the e-mail, noticed it sounded a bit strange after reading through it.

Killman is a mother of five, a daughter and sister of servicemen and a proud supporter of U.S. troops.

"I'm proud to be in a military family with my father serving and my brother serving," Killman said.

She says the e-mail infuriated her.

"Nobody should be doing stuff like that. Our military working hard to keep the peace and everything else, and they're trying to make money off of it," Killman said. "It's not right."

Read the e-mail.

The Oklahoma Attorney General's office has seen the scam before. The email is from Nigeria and the author's after personal information.

"They're trying to get money out of the victims, identity theft perhaps," said Jane Wheeler of the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office. ""Some people have done it over the years."

Killman and the Attorney General's Office advise anyone who receives the e-mail to ignore it.