Iraq Internet Scam

It’s been a while since I’ve received any of those Nigerian email scams that pretend to be from the sons of wealthy land owners whose father’s have been killed by the government, wanting to deposit $200 USD into my bank account. They’re always worth a read for a comical nature of the grammar, and the fact that they’re clearly aimed at Americans… because Americans on the whole, tend to be stupid.

Well, I’ve just had one about Iraq, and this one comes with a website! Brilliant. I love the part of this email where the guy says ‘I am an American’ as though that somehow makes what he says all the more credible.


Hello, Greetings to you, I know this might come to you as a surprise, but I want to make two things clear before moving forward. I am not asking you for any money; neither should you think that this is a scam. All I seek from you, is your honesty and sincerity in a business deal that’s going to bring fort mutual benefit worth 50 Million British Pounds. (G.B.P).

I am an American and a member of The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), our committee is in charge of contracts awards and payment for all contractors who executes contracts in the rebuilding of Iraq. We are currently in London for the payment of some contractors who executed contracts in Iraq. For more details about our operations visit the website:

There was an over draft contract we just discovered for 50 Million GBP and with our influence in this panel we can successfully present you/or your company to claim the above funds. We have agreed to share the money thus: 1. 40% is for You. 2. 60% for us (the officials) Please note that this transaction is 100% risk free and we hope to commence the transfer latest seven (7) banking days from the date of receipt of the above information from you in your next reply. your contact name/company’s name if any, your telephone and fax number(s).

The above information will enable us write letters of claim and job description respectively. This way, we will use your name or company’s name to re-apply for payment and re-award the contract in your company’s name. We are looking forward to doing this business with you and solicit your confidentiality in this transaction.

Thanks. Yours faithfully, Mr Gary Howard Wolf.

Obviously this is a scam, anyone with even half a brain can see that, but I know some people will be falling over themselves to send this guy their details. Hopefully, by pasting this email here anyone caught in two minds will Google Mr Gary Howard Wolf, find this website and realise how stupid they almost were.

I live in hope.

Darren Jamieson

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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