Terrence McCulley is the ambassador for the United States in Nigeria. Take my word on this, I’ve already looked it up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.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.