A Scam Email with the Subject "THANKS." was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 02 Feb 2010 09:25:25 -0800 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "ENGINEER EDWARD DURU"<firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Good Day, I am Engineer Edward Duru, the Director of Contract Awards and Finance Allocations of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in Nigeria . I presided over the award of the building of the Federal Government satellite housing estates at Karu, in Abuja, the federal capital city of Nigeria. The eventual winners of the bid and executors of the project, had a pact with me, to inflate the contract cost by US$18.5 Million Dollars (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) for my cooperation and assistance for assisting them win the right of execution of the project. The contractor had since completed the contract, and job-completion certificate duly awarded to them. Furthermore, their payment has been duly and fully made leaving behind the sum of US$18.5 Million Dollars meant for my gratification which I deposited in a Finance and Security Company in Ghana with a fictitious name. The money was also disguised as personal diplomatic luggage before it was deposited in the Security Company. The problem now is that, as a senior civil servant, I declare my assets annually which I in turn submit to the civil service commission and the state security service for investigation and clearance. As such, there is no-way that I can defend the US$18.5 Million Dollars as an addition to my assets for the year without implicating myself and destroying my impeccable records achieved over the years. Above all, the civil service Act prohibits every civil servant from operating a foreign account while still in active public service. Also, I cannot rely on my local businessmen to assist me in claiming this fund without exposing myself, and losing claim of the fund. Therefore, I need your assistance as a foreigner to cooperate with me and front yourself as the owner of the consignment and claim it on my behalf from the Finance and Security Company in Ghana and take 30% of the fund as your reward plus cost. Should this be acceptable to you, kindly indicate in writing and confirm the following: (A) Your full name and address (B) Your telephone number for prompt communication. (C) Any form of identification Upon receipt of the above requested information, I shall provide you with all the relevant information/documents that will assist you claim this fund/consignment on my behalf from the Finance and security Company. Furthermore, as soon as the transaction is concluded, I will require you to still act as my agent in investing my share in estates/landed properties and financial securities in your country. I want to emphasize here that this deal is free from any form of risk from both parties as great care has been exercised in perfecting it, and therefore, I enjoin you to approach it with an open mind and without any fear whatsoever. As a deal, I make haste to advise that you should be private about it. Please channel all corespondences to: email@example.com Awaiting Your Prompt Response Okay, Engineer Edward Duru. Direct Tel: +234-803-6403539