Here’s a nice colourful scam forwarded by a vigilant US reader, complete with patriotic flags and logos.  How could you doubt a scammer who uses the American flag and a photo of some genuine Africans?  The scammer tells my reader “All the walfare of United States Citizen is my consine. Am here to take the protocol of all our citizens to not be cheated by Africans.

Scammers from Benin seem to have been hit by the credit crunch too.  This advance fee fraud asks for an advance fee of $88.  Makes a change from $150+.  Keep waiting though.  The sales will soon be on.  Advance fee frauds will become much more reasonable.

Yes – you too will be able to lose less money to the scammers.  Why be a fool today, when you could be a cheaper fool next week?

Better still, just delete the email, don’t reply and don’t be a fool at all.

U.S. Department of State  

Bureau of Consular Affairs
Washington , DC 20520

Greeting from USA Embassy,



This is to notify you that your consignment has been in our custody waiting for your comply before the delivery will be effected to your delivery address. We have been waiting for you to contact us regarding your consignment box which  Courier Company suppose to deliver to you which  was on hold by US Department of State Bureau and requesting for clearance certificate which will be obtain from the origination of the consignment box before it will be released. As a result of you not comply within duration given by Benin Government that is the reason the consignment box was diverted to treasury.
All the walfare of United States Citizen is my consine. Am here to take the protocol of all our citizens to not be cheated by Africans. 

After the meeting held by our board of director which was concluded that the delivery of your consignment to your address must be complete within three working days upon your comply to our requirement which is by sending the sum of $88 to enable us obtain the needed certificate and effect with the delivery of your consignment immediately.

Note that your consignment box has been arrived in US embassy and waiting to receive clearance certificate before the gate pass is given. Mean while you are advice to reconfirm the below information upon contacting us to avoid delivery to wrong person.

1, Your full name

2, Your home address

3, Your occupation

4, Direct Telephone Number
Once you notify us with the above information we will release your
consignment to you,

Contact the Embassy Office Direct  with the following information Below,
Contact person, Ms.  Stella Bush

Phone +229 9896-8866
Note that you are expected to pay only $88 for clearance certificate and you are to pay it to Benin Republic as the origination of the consignment box in favour of Mr Chris Bala as our accountant officer in Benin Republic Send the $88  through western union or Money Gram once you receive this mail with the information below for immediate release of your consignment box,

Receivers Name: Mr 
Obunso Andrew
Country: Benin Republic

Code: 229

Test Question: Which Colour

Answer : Red

Amount: $88

Once you send the money, try to notify us with the MTCN for easy pick up and for immediate action on the release of your consignment.

Please treat this as matter of urgency .
Note that any uncliam consignment will be return to the  Courier
Company  after 3 days for final divertion.

So you are urgently advise to comply with our demand so that we will
release your consignment.

Dr. Moore Frazer,

 Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs