In addition to the above mail, I got another from US soldier in Nigeria Eric Hansen,(the first one being "Steve Ford" btw). I immediately asked for a live camera pic (couldnt send), email from his military account (wouldn't send). They are savvy & aware, as he came with good arguments as to why he *wasnt* a scammer, before I even indicated that I thought he might be... until I told him I had friends where he said he came from in the US and began asking him specific questions.
I had arguments ready (thanks for the tips btw) about providing proof via military email or live pic/ video etc. About deployed soldiers able to have contact etc. (it sounded at least like I knew what I was talking about ) His english and arguments became worse, the more he tried to argue his innocence, though his were surprisingly better than the last. Thanks to you and your stories it is easier to sort through it all now.
So for those on chat forums I want you to be aware of this, especially if you are a chat forum member where the rules are that one asks permission in the chat room before sending a PM.