Bogus U.S. Embassy Email Asks for Money – Scam Alert

A reader sent in the email below that claims to be from a U.S. Ambassador. I wanted to use it to point out a number of warning signs.

Starting from the top:

  • The email address this is sent from is not a government address.
  • The reply to address is not a government address.
  • The flag shown is for the U.S. Embassy located in Oman, not Nigeria.
  • The link does not work.
  • Your personal information is requested in an email.

The U.S. Embassy official email address would end with and no U.S. Embassy would request any such information from a consumer. This is simply a ploy to extract a payment out of you in hopes you will receive a large sum of money. Which of course you will not.

This particular email really makes me mad, especially since as a child of a U.S. government representative I lived in Nigeria and spent a lot of time at the U.S. Embassy there.

Full Text of Scam Message

Greeting from U.S Embassy,


Form US Ambassador to Federal Republic of Nigeria
United States Consulate General Nigeria
No 7 Mambilla Street,Off Aso Drive
Maitama District Abuja Nigeria

Dear Beneficiary,

My name is Terence P. McCulley, the United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The United States Senate had confirmed my nomination on August 30. 2011 after being nominated for this position by U.S. President Barack Obama on June 28, 2011. My credentials as the new Ambassador appointed were presented to His Excellency Dr Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, on November 2, 2011. I am a career member of the senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor whose diplomatic career has been spent mostly in Africa or working on African issues.

I served most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to this, I was the U.S. Ambassador to Mali, and I have served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassies in Tunisia, Senegal and Togo. Other overseas postings include Federal Republic of Nigeria, West Africa, India and Chad. In Washington,My identity
can be verified by simply clicking on the URL link below:

However, following the resolution of the meeting held with His Excellency President Dr Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja at end of the year meeting with some members of the Federal House of Senate, an agreement was reached that the sum of $500,000.00 USD must be paid out to you in the form of a compensation for all the years you have wasted in waiting for your funds to be released. Hence, the $500,000.00 USD compensation fund has been instructed to be paid out to you in the form of a CERTIFIED INTERNATIONAL BANK DRAFT drawn on Standard Chartered Bank. The said BANK DRAFT will be packaged inside a U.S Embassy Official Envelope to be sent to you via Postal Mail at no cost to your mailing address.

And the time frame for delivery is 24 hours, which is 2 days since it would be sent via a Postal Mail Service.
Meanwhile, a “Custom I.R.S” must be obtained from the Nigeria Customs Authority at a fee of $125.00 USD for a full clearance certification on the BANK DRAFT. Hence, the $125.00 dollar fee must be paid within 24 hours upon your receipt of this notification via western union or Money Gram, so that all necessary arrangement can be made ahead of time.

Make sure you re-confirm your full information as fellow

The fee should be sent directly to the “Embassy Protocol Officer” with the below information:

Country – Lagos Nigeria
question: Present Year
answer: 2012
Amount: $125.00

Please take note that the “I.R.S” and the BANK DRAFT will be packaged together inside the U.S Embassy Official Envelope for immediate dispatch to your mailing address. Hence, you are advised to comply as requested to enable me discharge my official duty to your home accordingly.

I will wait to hear from you now

Respectfully yours,

Mr Terence P. McCulley
US Ambassador to Nigeria

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