A Scam Email with the Subject "I need a Foreign Partner." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 07 Oct 2008 00:10:31 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "Mr. Timothy Harris"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
DATE: 6th October, 2008.
By way of Introduction, I am Mr. Timothy Harris, age 42 years from United Kingdom with International passport number: 020022453. I am serving with the British Army as a contractor in Basra Iraq. In year December 2007, without the knowledge of the Iraqi government, I facilitated a business deal for the Bunkering & sales of Iraqi crude oil to some buyer from Russia who paid US$78 Million in cash.
My share from the crude oil sales came to $ 15 Million USD while the other officer & local Iraqis involved shared the balance US$ 63 Million. As a result of the on-going war, there was no way I could transfer this money US$15 Million via bank to bank out of Iraq and as a result, I safely packaged this money into a metalic trunk box and transferred via United Nations (UN) International diplomatic Courier Service out from Iraq and deposited in a storage in Europe.
I had to deposit the trunk box with the storage warehouse in Europe as belonging to my Foreign Partner (name withheld). I am still serving in Iraq and it is impossible for me to bring this money $15 Million USD into United Kingdom myself as the source of the money would be questioned due to the fact that my salaries are known by the UK government and there was no way I could have earned this money legitimately.
I need a foreign partner who would proceed to the storage warehouse in Europe to take delivery of this trunk box and invest this funds into a lucreative venture. If you are willing to assist in becoming my partner & beneficiary of the trunk box then I need you to furnish me with the following details:-
1. YOUR FULL NAMES
2. YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS
3. YOUR DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
I need to forward the above details to the delivery officer in Europe along with a Letter of Administration stating that you are the Foreign Partner Beneficiary of trunk box to facilitate the release to you.
You have to bear in mind that the contents of the trunk box is unknown to any person including the storage warehouse as I declared contents of the box as being Family Utilities which was accepted for deposit & storage under diplomatic immunity. The documents with which the trunk box is deposited will be changed to reflect you as the new beneficiary so that you will be eligible to collect the trunk box from the delivery officer.
After a successful released and transfer of the Trunk Box, you will earn 30% of US$15 Million while 65% is mine and 5% will be to reimburse you for the expenses that shall be incurred.
I shall give you further details upon receipt of your positive reply. You can reach me on my direct UK phone number here in Iraq: +44 7045757600.
I await your positive reply to proceed.
Mr. Timothy Harris