Alwash Ahmad from Lybia (scam alert)

This is a typical example of a “business investment” scam. (See more examples of business investment scam messages.) Someone who says his name is Alwash Ahmad wants to know if you can handle a multi-million dollar contract from Libya. But honestly: are you a big business person who routinely makes deals with foreign countries? No? Then why on earth would “Alwash Ahmad” be writing to you?

From: “Reedy, William”
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015
Subject: My Inquiry is from Libya.
Reply-To: “”



My Inquiry is from Libya.

Kindly advise if your company has the license or capability to execute a multi million contract supply project for the Government of Libya. kindly furnish me your response. Thank you and treat very urgent.

Looking forward to an early response.

Alwash Ahmad

In truth, “Alwash” is writing to you because he’s a scammer trying to pick your pocket. If you answer him, he’ll spin an elaborate story about how he can cut you in on a percentage of the profits from his great business deal. But the catch is, you’ll have to put some advance money up front. And then once he’s got your advance fee, he’ll disappear, never to be heard from again.