419 Scam – Libya scams
The events in Libya serve as a background for a variety of scams, from family members to former members of the Gaddafi regime who have fled with millions of dollars moved abroad. But the basic storyline is the same: You can make a lot of money quickly for doing almost nothing. If you believe this, don't be surprized when the crooks soon start asking for money from you.
Here are several examples of emails that bear marks of the "419" advance fee fraud that are connected to Libya.
List of Libya-related scams:
Aisha Gaddafi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Muammar Gaddafi and family.
My Names are James Smith, a UK based international financial consultant/attorney. One of my clients Muammar Gaddafi`S family (Former Libya President) has mandated me to look for a genuine honest person whom some of their funds will be entrusted to for safekeeping/investments due to their currest situation in Libya right now. If you are the honest person, kindly write me through this email address: email@example.com or contact me on (+44 7035961484) for your interest so I can give you further directives on how to get hold of the investment funds of the family.
Looking forward to hear from you
Mr. James Smith Esq.
Direct contact: +44 7035961484.
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:21:12 -0700
Subject: Muammar Gaddafi and family.
From: Aisha Gaddafi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 20 Sep 2011 15:42:27 +0100
I am Mr Vincent Rosheuvel the accounts manager of one of the Daughters in-laws of president Muammar Qaddafi's of Libya,who lost her husband in the NATO air strike. because of the revolution over her father in-law and the frozen of the family accounts
in different countries.
Below is the link to view the full story.
She have mandated me to look for an investor who can invest some funds on her behalf.
Hence,i thought it is wise contacting you to handle the project with trust,so that we can invest the funds in such away that it will benefit us and the entire country citizens.
I awaits your details.
If you are interested please furnish me with your.
1) Real Names
2) Phone/Fax numbers
4) Residence address.
I await your prompt response.
Mr Vincent Rosheuvel
Khamis Muammar al-Gaddafi
My name is Khamis Muammar al-Gaddafi, one of the youngest son of the
troubled Muammar al-Gaddafi, i am a policeman by profession and a leader of
a special forces brigade of the military of Libya. i am at the moment very
depressed as i write to you.i got your mail from search engine and i really
think you can be of help to me.
At the moment i am studying for a masters degree in IE Business School in
Madrid,but as i write to you i am in the UK before the British government
revoked the immunity given to my father (Muammar al-Gaddafi ) and his
so at the moment i do not possess the right to move about, as i will be
arrested and prosecuted in a international court of justice. in my
possession right about now is my internet connection and my private cell
phone, it is only with this two i am able to make contact with the out side
Also as another measure that has been taken by the international
community, our asset i.e the assets of Muammar al-Gaddafi and family world
wide have been frozen to compel my father to step down as the libyan
The above mentioned reasons are what have compelled me to write you this
mail, As i seek to partner with a trustworthy person who can assist me in
transferring some of my monetary assets worth about (GBP)145m (ONE HUNDRED
AND FORTY-FIVE MILLION GREAT BRITISH POUNDS). This monies has been lodged
in a bank account in the Uk and as things are shaping now this money is
likely to be discovered soon, so i seek your assistance in helping me
transfer this money into your account so that it is not discovered. i am
ready to offer as much as 50percent of this money to you if you render to
assist in transferring this money and the money is transferred
if you are interested in assisting me write me a reply on
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:44:54 -0700
From: Khamis Muammar al-Gaddafi <...>
Subject: I NEED YOUR ASSITANCE
Organization: Khamis Muammar al-Gaddafi
Subject: The Crisis in Libya
From: Ahmed Dadah <email@example.com>
I am Ahmed Dadah, a Libyan citizen, presently residing in Ghana. My father was killed at Tripoli and his business office burnt down because of his closeness to President Mummar Gaddafi. The President tried all he could to make peace with the rebel groups but their demand is that president Gaddafi must be forced to step down, which is not democratic in culture. President Gaddafi is a peace loving person, as has pleaded that there be in place a transition committee that will see to the conduct of an election that will usher in an elected candidate but the opposition rejected the call and vowed to force the president out. If the opposition thinks that they are popular, they would have accepted to have a transition committee and general election will be conducted and let us who is popular.
Anyway, let me not take your time with the situation in Libya as my family is mostly affected. I lost my father, his business in Tripoli and most of the family?s asset because they said that my father is too close to President Gaddafi. Well, in any case, I still thank Allah for his mercy, as I was able to take away two boxes that contained huge amount of money. I want to invest and I must make use of the money in your country, as we all are aware that the war still continues in Libya and I cannot risky investing in Libya.
I have taken the picture of the funds and attached is herewith. Let me have your delivery/home/office address, so that I can arrange to send the money directly to you in your address. I will join you as soon as you confirm the receipt of the money. You can get across to me via Tel number: +233-54-3732433 or email me through my below email address.
Let me stop here, hoping that you will respond promptly.
Thanks for your understanding my situation.
National Oil Corporation (Libya)
Sent from IP address 126.96.36.199 in Nigeria:
PROPOSAL FOR BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.
With due regards, I take the liberty to contact you for an urgent business transaction which will be of immense benefit to all parties concerned. I am Mr. Nouri Burruien, The director (NOC) Libya and My committee has the responsibility for the recommendation and award of contracts and supplies for the NOC. In the course of our assignment, we did over-inflate the contracts for some supplies to the NOC as a result of which the sum of USD $20m (Twenty million United States Dollars only) is now outstanding. The original contractors who executed the jobs have since been fully paid off, leaving this outstanding sum. Unfortunately, we as civil servants are not allowed to own or operate a foreign account and it is also not possible for us to withdraw the money here locally.I therefore need your kind assistance to transfer this outstanding sum of USD $20m to your account anywhere very safe. I shall compensate you with 25% of the funds for your assistance after the transfer. We the officials here shall have 65% while 10% will be set aside for any incidental expenses. Please note that this transaction is absolutely risk-free on both sides since we are using our positions to facilitate it. All logistics has been carefully mapped out for a hitch free transaction. The new political dispensation in Libya has given a most auspicious environment to do the transaction and all the record will be removed and destroyed immediately after the transfer. I however demand that you keep the transaction to yourself only until the funds arrive in your account.I shall commence the process and it is expected to take 5 working days for the complete transfer to be effected. Send your response to my e-mail address and include your private tel/fax number for ease of communication.Yours sincerely,Please Note: I repeat, I do not want you contacting me through my official phone lines nor do I want you contacting me through my official email account. Contact me only through this email address. I do not want any direct link between you and me. My official lines are not secure lines as they are periodically monitored to assess our level of customer care in line with our Total Quality Management Policy.Please observe this instruction religiously. Please again, note I am a family man; I have a wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of fear as to what the consequences, but I know within me that nothing ventured is nothing gained and that success and riches never come easy or on a platter of gold. Do not betray my confidence. If we can be of one accord, send me your response to and the requested details: In other to commence with the remittance of the fund to your bank account, Kindly furnish me with the following information.
Country of residence...................
Photo page of identification, Drivers Licence or Passport, As soon as i receive the information, it will be forwarded to Goldman Sachs International bank where the fund is deposited.
Please keep this transaction to yourself only as the situation in Libya is
unpredictable at the moment but as soon as the money is cleared in your
bank i will travel personally to your country in other to share
according to the percentage agreed to.
PLEASE REPLY:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Nouri Burruien
The Director National Oil Corporation (Libya)
Bashier Sadawi street,
P.O Box 2655 Tripoli Libya
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Subject: POST GADDAFI !!!
From: "Nouri Burruien" <email@example.com>
GENERAL USTHMAN DANKO (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DEAR RESPECTED SIR/MADAM,
THIS MAIL MIGHT SOUND STRANGE AND UNBELIEVABLE TO YOU BUT ITS JUST THE FACT BASE ON THE PEOPLE INVOLE IN LIBYA ARMED FORCES YOU CAN LOG IN TO WWW.ALJEZEERA./.ENGLISH OR GO TO CNN,VOA AND BBC TELEVISION SERVICES FOR MORE UP DATES ON THIS ISSUE .
MY NAME IS GENERAL USTHMAN DANKO AND I AM THE CHIEF COMMANDER OF THE MOUMA GADAFFI 2ND BRIGADE COMMAND IN LIBYA TRIPLOI .
MY SELF AND MY TEAM FINALLY ARRIVED THE NIGER CAPITAL 3 DAYS AGO WERE WE LATER TOOK OFF TO AGADEZ A CITY ARROUND THE CAPITAL CITY NIAME WITH THE SUM OF TWO HUNDRED BILLION US AMERICA DOLLARS ALSO CASH AND GOLD ALLOCATED TO US BY THE GADAFFI GOVERNMENT TO STAY AND FIGHT TO THE END AND POSSIBLY DIE IF WARRANTED ON THE BATTLE FIELD INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THE REVOLUTIONARY FIGHTERS TO TAKE UP THE ENTIRE COUNTRY .
WE ACCEPTED THE FUNDS OFFER FROM THE GADAFFI GOVERNMENT AND WE MADE AWAY WItH THE FUNDS TO THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY REPUBLIC OF NIGER CONSIDERING THAT THE WAR IS ALMOST OVER AND IN FAVOUR OF THE REBELS WITH THE HELP OF INTERNATIONAL BODIES EG NATO AND AMERICA.
WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN POLITICAL ASSYLUM BY THE NIGER GOVERNMENT AND ALSO HELP US IN CROSSING IN TO THE BURKINAFASO CAPITAL AND SHIPPING THE FUNDS TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DUBAI AND MALAYSIA THROUGH THE HELP OF THE NIGER DIPLOMATIC CURRIER SERVICES IN OTHER NOT TO CREAT ANY SUSPICIOUS WHAT SO EVER AS TO WERE THE FUNDS CAME FROM.
I WANT YOU TO ACT AS THE BENEFIARY TO THIS FUNDS SINCE WE CAN NOT EXPOSE OUR IDENTITY AS OWNERS OF THE FUNDS FOR NOW FOR SECURITY REASONS THAT CAN ENDAGER THE FUNDS AND OUR LIVES IN THIS VARIOUS COUNTRY SINCE GADAFFI IS NOW NO WERE TO BE FOUND AND THE LIBYAN REBELS ARE GETTING STRONGER EACH DAY.
I WILL BE WILLING TO GIVE TO YOU 20% IN HELPING ME AND MY COMRADES WHOSE NAMES CAN NOT BE MENTION TO RECEIVE THIS FUNDS AND GOLD FROM THE BARCLAYS BANK OF NEW YORK IN ANY OF THIS COUNTRIES MENTIONED ABOVE THAT WILL BE CLOSER TO YOUR DELIVERY DESTINATION.
PLEASE FORWARD YOUR DELIVERY INFORMATION IMMEDIATELY.
1 FULL NAME
2 RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS .
YOU CAN CONTACT PROF PAUL MESNAH THE MAN IN CHARGE OF THE DELIVERY PROCEDURES IN NEW YORK AND ALL THIS COUNTRIES WERE THE FUNDS ARE PRESENTLY LOCATED +1347-6061090.
PLEASE WE WISH TO NOTIFY YOU THAT THE SECRET OF THIS TRANSACTION MUST NOT BE DEVULGE TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY RELATIVES TILL IT IS OVER.
NOTE- BE ASSURED THAT THIS BOXES ARE FULLY DOCUMENTED AND HANDED OVER TO THE DIPLOMATS INVOLVED AND APPOINTED FOR THIS DELIVERY AS THE PROPERTY OF THE NIGER GOVERNMENT AS SUCH YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY THING TO WORRY ABOUT RECEIVING THE FUNDS FROM YOUR DIPLOMAT IN YOUR COUNTRY ALSO YOU ARE ENTITLE FOR 5% COMMISSION FOR YOUR MUTUAL AND FINANCE EFFORTS THAT MAY ARISE DURING THE DELIVERY.
I WAIT YOUR RESPONDS.
GENERAL USTHMAN DANKO .
Col. Majid Abdulaziz (email@example.com)
Urgent ! Urgent !! Urgent!!!
How are you today an your family? I hope all is good, kindly pay Attention and understand my aim of communicating you today through this Letter, My name is Majid Abdul-Aziz , I am the commander of Sirte, (Gadahfi's Home Town) as the crisis goes by, I do advised Late Muammar Gaddafi as to give the fight since June 2011, but his son the The Chief of Arnmed Forces refuses to listen, that he rather fight till the end.
As a man who has family, I decided to cut out my national cake. Money that was deployed to pay militants (paid fighter) I have to move with it for me and my families to the Republic of Algeria, getting to Algeria I felt my life was not safe as well, it was there I contacted one Barrister Addo Kofi (Esq) LLB., in assisting me to relocate the funds to a safer ground to avoid any eyebrow.
Presently the funds have been deposited with Ecobank Vault for safe keeping purpose. I want you to help me clear this fund the amount is 10.500,000 million GBP British Pounds sterling through a consultant.
Kindly reply immediately with the under listed details:
Name and address, Direct Telephone and fax numbers, Age and occupation.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details.
Thank in advance for your coorperation!
Col. Majid Abdulaziz
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