The email asks the recipient for $350. In return the recipient would receive a “Clearance Certificate.” It threatens to send an agent to the recipient’s address for questioning and other legal sanctions if they fail to contact the Department of Homeland Security within 24 hours. The email also lists contact information for the FBI in Washington D.C. and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Lagos, Nigeria.
This obviously is a new form of Nigerian scam that tries to get money from email addresses as well as personal information. DO NOT respond to these emails.
The Oregon Attorney General’s Office offers the following advice:
- Be wary of unsolicited emails.
- A government agency will never request your contact information, Social Security Number, banking information, or credit card number in an email.
- A government agency will not threaten people with legal action, such as an investigation, prosecution or jail for failure to respond to an email solicitation.
- Consider any email solicitation that lists multiple offices to be a red flag.
Oregon Attorney General Scam Alert: