Here is the opening pitch, supposedly composed by a grieving war widow in need of assistance:
My name is Jane Coxen,wife of a British Airforce (Wing Commander John Coxen) slain in Basra, Iraqi in the fight that deposed Saddam Hussein. Before his death and while the fight continued, he ran into a vault containing US$12,500,000:00 twelve Million, five hundred thousand united states Dollars in one of the presidential palaces. With tact and luck my husband was able to take this fortune out of Iraqi through Jordan and finally deposited with a finance and securities company in Europe. My late husband however, gave the details of the lodgement to me before his death.
This scammer, however, even provided a link to a BBC news article that provided information about RAF Wing Commander John Coxen, the most senior British officer killed in Iraq. Here, supposedly, was "proof" of the legitimacy of this particular offer.
Now, there is nothing particularly unusual about this scam, and it follows the usual 419 scam patterns, offering the recipient of the letter a 30% cut of the $12.5 million for being stupid enough to fall for the pitch.
Wing Commander John Coxen, killed in Basra and exploited by email scammers after death
What caught my eye was the willingness of the con artist to exploit a dead British soldier and his survivors for illicit gains. No longer are these cretins satisfied with making up ridiculous claims about non-existent third world dictators or invented international lotteries, but now the center of the scam involves soldiers who died in battle.
If there is a Hell, and if there are eternal fires blazing to scorch the hides of the damned, may there be an especially torrid place for the likes of the twisted minds that created this disgusting email.