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Military email scam concerns some in the Upstate

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It's an email that look like its sent from a friend. Its subject is all about trust, and its signer is a military sergeant - or so it reads.

People in the Upstate wanted to know if the message is real or a scam.

The message reads:

"My name is Staff Sgt. Mark Brown. I am an American soldier that served in the US military in Iraq with the Army and I have some amount that I want to move out of Iraq that I need your help with. Please reach me at markbrown_sgt@rogers.Com"

Greenville's Better Business Bureau said their motto for emails that may be suspect, just like phone calls or letters in the mail, is "When in doubt, check it out."

The BBB's president, Vee Daniel, realizes that hearts in this region often extend to anybody in the military, "but then again you have to think with your head. And when I instantly thought something like that, I first thought, the military would help him if he was in the military. This can't be real."

Daniel said after a quick Google search, she found the email and plenty of others just like it on numerous scam warning websites.

She said it appears to have started in 2005, out of Nigeria. The premise is to start emailing with a victim with a story of having millions of dollars in Iraq that needs to be transferred to the U.S., but the sender needs help.

"And what you're going to do is end up in a mess of trying to help this person out," said Daniel.

Online, there are plenty of other messages with similar stories from people claiming to be staff sergeants, using the same "" email addresses.

Daniel suggests deleting the email.

"If you didn't initiate it, where did it come from? How did this Mark Brown, or whoever it may be, know you and have your email?"

If someone has responded to an email like this, the BBB suggests to contact the U.S. Secret Service.

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