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A Scam from ‘Nam (by way of a German?)

I recently finished watching Ken Burns’ monumental documentary on the Vietnam War. That actually has little to do with this post, except that the following email I received reminded me of it.


I know you will be surprised to read my email. Apart from being surprised, you may be skeptical to reply me based on what is happening on the internet, one has to be very careful as a lot of scammers are out there to defraud innocent citizens and this has made it very difficult for people to believe anything that comes through the internet.

My name is Staff Sergeant Michael S. Douglass. I am a member of the US ARMY From Baghdad, Iraq now am in Afghanistan. because of the current ISIS problems. I discovered two trunk boxes containing American dollars.

Am looking for a trust worthy individual who will assist me to receive the funds in his country before 1 will come over and join the person. To prove my sincerity,  you are not sending me any money because most of these scams are all about sending money.

Information below is necessary,

  1. Full Name…
  2. Address….
  3. Occupation…
  4. Age……….
  5. Your Telephone Number.

As soon as i received this information, i will send more details to you.

Best Regards,

Staff Sergeant Michael S. Douglass


The reason I am reminded of “The Vietnam War” is because the email address that sent this scam email is “” is a German hosting company, and “.vn” refers to Vietnam.

There is no way an Army staff sergeant based in Afghanistan is using a German hosting company and a Vietnam country code. While it’s possible there really is a “Staff Sergeant Michael S. Douglass,” I couldn’t find one. I also doubt any real army person would write it out in full. I usually see it listed as “Staff Sgt.” Plus, there is an actor named Michael Douglas, so the scammers might be playing on that.

It’s obvious from the numerous mistakes that there is no way the person (or people) who wrote this speaks English as a first language. Do not respond to this!

Until next time! Use the right words!


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Know Your Military Units

Thanks to Netflix, I have been enjoying Ken Burns’ documentary, “The Civil War.” I never saw it in its entirety when it first aired in September 1990. I did, however watch “Baseball” in its entirety in 1994 (and the two-part “Tenth Inning” in 2010), so I’m familiar with Burns’ style of having people read the words of long-dead people. I decided to give “The Civi War” a try.

I have enjoyed it immensely. But I kept hearing these military terms, such as battalion, regiment, brigade and division, and I realized I had no idea what they meant.

So, here they are:

Unit – most basic part of an army

Squad(ron) – 8-14 soldiers led by a sergeant or corporal; also a small unit sent out from the main group to do some particular task.

Group – 2-4 squadrons headed by a lieutenant colonel, commander or equivalent

Platoon – 15-30 soldiers, led by a lieutenant; also a subdivision of a company

Company – a military unit typically consisting of 80–250 soldiers and usually commanded by a captain or a major. Often made of two to three platoons

Battalion – a ground force unit composed of a headquarters and two or more companies or similar units. It consists of 300-800 soldiers commanded by a lieutenant colonel.

Brigade – three to six battalions, smaller than a division

Regiment – a unit of ground forces, consisting of two or more battalions or battle groups, Originally, 1,000 men headed by a colonel. Today, it just means a large military unit that is smaller than a division

Division – three or more brigades, 10,000-30,000 soldiers

Battery – a cluster of 6-12 cannon

Corps – 20,000-40,000 soldiers

Until next time! Use the right words!

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