Scam artists have no respect – don’t fall for it

By Robb Hicken/ BBB chief storyteller

It’s bad enough BBB gets email about gimmicks and pitches being made, but when they use U.S. troops as a cover, it is stooping too low.

Can I trust you? I am Sgt. stanley. an American soldier presently here in Afghanistan.

.email me here (”

The text arrived at 4:30 a.m. to a number that was supposed to be unlisted.

BBB receives questions, almost daily, asking how con artists get a cellphone number. They frankly have robo-callers texting messages randomly, and when someone responds, they know they have an active number.

Cellphone users should follow these tips:

  • Never give personal or financial information to unsolicited texts, emails or calls.
  • Delete those texts and don’t click on links.
  • Don’t go to websites provided in the message. Don’t engage them in conversation.
  • Texts can include information-stealing viruses.

Remember, they are texting you from a phony number, and asking you to respond to a phone, email address or website that is fake as well.

In this case, they tell the recipient to text to Stanleygoff2@, but when you check where the text was distributed it is

The unscrupulous scammers use the name “Sgt. Stanley” and infer the last name is Goff. If you do a web search, you find that Sgt. Stanley C. Goff, is a veteran. Sgt. Goff, a Vietnam veteran, is being used. He co-wrote a book about serving in the war. Don’t ruin a good man’s name.

The scammers are using a fake Yahoo! address, and the pitch that will follow, if you respond, is that they have some “Money” they found in a secret hiding place in Afghanistan, and they want you to help them smuggle it out of the country, but they can’t bring it back into the country legally.
The promise: “We’ll split the money with you when we get back.”
They’ll ask you to set up a bank account to receive the money, give them your bank account to transfer the money, or they’ll ask you to send them money to help defray the costs of smuggling the money back.
Money laundering is illegal in the U.S.


Filed under News You Can Trust

11 responses to “Scam artists have no respect – don’t fall for it

  1. Mark Burrows

    I have said this before. how could any sensible person fall into such an easy trap? Can I trust you? This is a huge red flag coming from a stranger. People constantly balk about it when a politician asks the same question. Trust is something that has to be earned. It is not something that is used in an opening statement. Of course as you said, money laundering is illegal, it is one of the major crimes. The reason it is, is because what you are really doing is covering for other crimes such as drug trafficking, bank robberies, ransom payoffs or any need to loose a paper trail. Also agreeing to such activity can easily set you up for blackmail. I haven’t even mentioned the most logical reason of invasion of your bank account once they coerce enough information from you to steal your identity.
    This irritates me so much that I wonder if you should even warn people. If they fall in the categories of stupidity, being gullible due to ignorance, or just plain blinded by greed they deserve what they get.
    Don’t forget, being stupid, ignorant, or greedy is no excuse in the eyes of the law. That is an actual legal credo. But then one could only hope that being stupid should be unlawful, but on the other hand we would need more and bigger prisons thus higher taxes, and the larger part of the population would be incarcerated.

  2. samanatha

    okay i amdealing with this guy right now and he already has my number address and full name and i didnt give it to him what should i do cuz he is really scarying me…. plz help

    • Discontinue any contact; delete emails, hang up on phone calls, and if it continues, contact the police. In some circumstances, your cellphone provider can block specific numbers.

      • christine Bassler

        This man has just contacted me. I am very greatfull there are sites so people can read what a scam these people are.This is my third one!

    • Mark Burrows

      This is a day and age of non anonymousness, other wise, no one is anonymous unless they make them self such. Being a private citizen is not enough to anonymous. We make mistakes like being on Facebook using our own names where anyone simply just uses directories and phone books to keep calling until they find the right one to intimidate.
      Two things can work in your favor here. If the caller does not identify him or her self with a name and/or company for which they are representing, that must be done by law. Second, constant harassment is completely illegal. If this is a matter of unpaid bills, they can write you, call you a few times, then they must decide whether the amount is worth the effort and cost to drag it through the courts. So companies often hand off bills to collection agencies who take the larger share of the claim and remit a smaller percentage back to the company that has already written you off. This is not easy street. You will be punished in your credibility, and that next loan from your friendly bank could very well be denied, because now you have shown a tendency not to pay all your bills.
      If it is not a matter of unpaid bills, and it is a matter of someone who is stalking you, then you must contact the police. There is a big difference between telling a bill collector that his behavior is unlawful and personal danger. If it is a stalker, document everything the caller says, then hang up and call the police, noting time of call.
      Calm your fear. Fear is really for those who have something to hide. If you have nothing to hide, then the police will take the necessary steps to contain the person harassing you and make an arrest if necessary.

    • Mark Burrows

      By all means contact the law authorities. Stalking and harassment are serious situations if you are in fear of personal harm. You have a right to that protection, and the police must comply. Do not let them slide you off. You have to understand, it is a catch 22 situations. Police are under strict budgets just like anyone these days. So they need to be sure you are not making a crank call and will seem complacent. What might help if they seem to give you the run around is a good old fashioned scream of frustration. this usually wakes them up and make them more attentive. They will send someone out to investigate the situation you are dealing with. It is important to have the police come out and document any email, any recorded phone message or text message, or any other proof of contact.

      Mark Burrows

  3. TabbieKatttt

    I literatly just got his text except mine was sgt clifford. i googled if it was a known scam or if i should report it and found this. thank you for posting it up im going to be sharing it to my friends so they know to.

    • Mark Burrows

      Soldiers overseas are heavily monitored. First, they really don’t have time to play around on internet sending off suspect emails randomly. Now those who watch too many Hollywood movies would think so, but the Armed Forces gives Hollywood some room to be fictitious for the reasons of propaganda. One to make the enemy think this is what goes on, and the other to make citizens think the life of a soldier is exciting.
      Soldiers overseas barely have time to message their family and loved ones, and every communication they make is read and edited giving away no hints to location or operation. A soldier caught in an internet cafe on his day off could be severely reprimanded as seriously as possible court marshal and prison internment. There is no excuse such as needing a private message to his girl. Every soldier knows the rules and must obey them. So it’s simple. Members of the Armed Forces do not send out anonymous emails seeking your trust, friendship, and communications.

  4. C. Atkinson sent email requesting reply to goffstanley16@yahoo .com an American soldier

    • Do not reply to unsolicited emails – no matter the person. We are aware of and honor our troops serving in the armed forces, but scammers tend to use this as a way to manipulate our hearts. Thanks for contact BBB.

    • Mark Burrows

      I am having a good chuckle here C. Atkinson. Is this sort of like the TV game show To Tell The Truth? Will the real Goff Stanley please stand up?
      Still, such a posting with no added information or reasoning. It is difficult to ascertain whether you are making a jest of humor or simply tossing in a comment as if this were a chat room.
      Because you have not expanded on your quip, I feel a duty to others to inform others to completely ignore your comment, because in light of the situation, if comes off as bad taste.

      Mark Burrows

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