U.S Ambassador promises to change your life for $105

By Robb Hicken/ BBBs chief storyteller

Terrence McCulley is the ambassador for the United States in Nigeria. Take my word on this, I’ve already looked it up.

But, Terrence Mcculley at bmoon002@live.com is not the ambassador.AmbassadorTerenceMcCulleyX640

McCulley was born in Medford, Ore., and grew up in Eugene, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature from the University of Oregon.

I’m not quite sure where Mcculley at bmoon002@live.com was born, where he grew up or if he has a degree.

The point is, the email received by head athletic trainer Eric Taylor at Centennial High School was not from the ambassador. Here’s how it reads:

“Greeting from U.S Embassy (bmoon002@live.com).
Please i want to inform you that your fund was brought to my desk this morning because the director of the western union here in Nigeria said that they will divert your fund to the government treasuries account just because that you refused to pay for the transfer fee of your fund which is $105 but i told them to wait until i hear from you today so that i will know the reason why you rejected such amount of money $4.6 millions which will change your life just because of $105.”

This email was signed by Mcculley.

If Taylor had responded to this email, and not contacted Better Business Bureau, his life would have changed. He would have been out at least $105.

Keep this list of BBB tips on hand:

  • Never give personal information, like bank account or Social Security numbers to strangers.
  • Avoid questionable communications, just delete and don’t click on any links, throw them away or send them to the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
  • Always be cautious if a stranger sends you a check and wants you to deposit it. Never wire money back in any circumstance.
  • Don’t agree to travel to meet anyone.
  • If you do send money, you’ll never get it back. These types of scams are hard to track because they originate beyond U.S. borders.

Taylor says: “I can see how people can get roped in with such undaunting persistence.”

If you get suspicious offers, check them out by visiting www.bbb.org or call (800) 218-1001.



Filed under News You Can Trust

2 responses to “U.S Ambassador promises to change your life for $105

  1. Mark Burrows

    Now, if I received such an email, I would be hard pressed from getting off the floor from laughing so hard. Even the thought of any Ambassador on foreign soil, would involve himself into money laundering it just too profoundly absurd, it is beyond fantasy. If such a thing were to happen even under the most clandestine scenario and he were to be caught by the CIA, he would be quickly returned to the United States, put on trial, found guilty and sent to prison for most likely the rest of his life.
    It just would not make sense to jeopardize one’s career to be involved with the Nigerian fund scam. Face it, it is simply comical.
    I would apologize if I felt if if were only myself who saw the humor in this. I wish I could ask for a show of hands of those who saw how ludicrous this email is.

    Mark Burrows

  2. terri beil

    that is crazy no one from united states would do that he is stupid

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