US Homeland Security Scam

The U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Scam arrived in my email inbox recently. This type of scam is a typical Advance Fee Scam.

Advance Fee Scam

The Advance Fee Scam will promise the recipient a high-value prize before asking for some form of the fee upfront. Scammers will commonly request the fee to be paid in gift cards or Bitcoin.

Payments by gift cards are favoured by scammers due to the ease of trading them for another currency online and they are difficult to trace. Some scammers will accept Bitcoin payments but the majority do not and prefer gift card payments.

Homeland Security Scam

The email below is a real homeland security scam email I received this week. As shown the scammer will spin a story that is, to put it bluntly, full of nonsense.

The purpose of the story is an attempt to reel victims in with the hope of making the scam appear more legit and believable.

At the end of the email, the scammer requested I send a copy of the gift card.

Homeland Security Scam Full Email

The full US homeland security scam screenshots are shown below. This scammer has been active since at least December 2021 using that particular email address.

I have at least 5 similar scams from the email address [email protected] in my inbox.

US Homeland Security Scam
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From: Hon Alejandro Mayorkas <[email protected]>
Sent: 07 June 2022 21:08
Subject: Good day To You,
 
U.S.DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY,MG  Alejandro Mayorkas ,
General and Director State Military Department Washington Military Dept.,
Bldg1 Camp Murry, Wash USA.

Good day To You,

I hope this email finds you in good spirit and in good health? because i am quite aware of your losses in the past years now through this security office intelligent track devices, it may surprise you that i am also aware of your Consignment Boxes Pursuit in Uganda, Kenya, Togo, Nigeria, Spain, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Korea and etc.My name Is Supp. Reichard Mark, the Current secretary of U.S Department of Homeland Security, I am in charge of monitoring all Foreign Transactions in Africa, Europe and Asia and this kept me constantly traveling round the world.

I have been in the U.S Department of Homeland Security Secret Service now since The Government of President Joe Biden, monitoring the various transactions going on in Africa, Europe and Asia, most especially Consignments Cases, A.T.M Card Cases and Bank Transfer. I do not intend to spoil your day or to put you under duress. But you cannot receive any of your Consignments Boxes, A.T.M Card and Bank Transfer pursuit, without a Clearance from the U.S Department of Homeland Security. However, upon my arrival in Benin Republic after series of meetings with our President Joe Biden and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, due to numerous complaints from other Security Agencies from Africa Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antarctica, South America and the United States of America Respectively, and against the Benin Government and Nigeria over the rate of Fraudulent Activities going on in these Africa Countries and around the World.

When I arrived at the Benin Parliament in Cotonou and went through all cases of unpaid funds, I found your Consignment Box Clearance File lying on the Foreign Affair Office Desk without any attention and on a thorough scrutiny, I discovered that your Consignment had been abandoned by your delivery agent. Meanwhile, I was made to understand that the Foreign Affair Office have tried to reach you, but no way and they have made several attempts to contact your delivery agent but to no avail.

To my greatest surprise, during my recent routine Re-Checking, i personally discovered that your Consignment Content Declaration Document (C.C.D.D) stated that your Consignment Contains Personal Effects meanwhile, it contains United States Dollar Cash Us$10.5 million Dollars, which made it impossible for the Consignment to be delivered to you earlier before now.

Based on this personal discovery, i am contacting you now to let you know that with my position and power as the secretary of U.S Department of Homeland Security and now i am presently here in Benin Republic to handle this matter of all unpaid foreign payment to their respective owners like you, i can assist you to legally clear your Consignment Funds and personally make the shipment to you on my traveling back, but you must agree with the following conditions. Because i have called our office in Washington, DC from here in Benin, who has been intercepting all your E-Mail Communications, telephone Text/SMS messages & all telephone Calls, with the help of Mtn, Tigo Vodafone and Airtel Network Benin.

I also received some information from our Homeland Security Office representing here in Benin Republic, they have confirmed about your emails, & other communications that you have been dealing and sending Money to people in Benin, Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Nigeria, UK & etc who claims to be the Western Union Directors and representative of other unofficial offices.

You are also dealing with a Bank, and other names which I am still waiting to be forwarded to me from Our Office in Washington, DC. My office authority has monitored all your dealings with those Hoodlums.

You are advised to henceforth stop further dealings with all the above-mentioned people, until we complete our investigation. Because you're dealing with them is termed as an illegal transaction. I wish to inform you that the Homeland Security is on lookout for all the above-mentioned names, mostly those who claim to be the director of West African Debt settlement, Western Union and MoneyGram And A.T.M Card offices and including the property recovery Benin. All these mentioned people are
imposters, and we intend to apprehend them soon.

Accordingly, we have waived all your Consignment Box "Clearance Fees" and authorized the Government of Benin Republic to allow me to fly with this your approved Consignment Box to make the delivery to you without any delay which they have agreed.

The only Fee you will Pay to confirm Your Consignment Box received in your possession is the "Air Flight Weight Fee" of your Consignment Box which is the sum of USD$50.00 only. In order words your Briefcase is with me now and I shall be coming to your country to make the delivery to you as soon as you send me your below shipping details/Address where you will want your consignment to be delivered to you.

Your Full Name: .........
Your Full Address: ......
Your Age......
Your ID
Your occupation....
Your Monthly pension....
Your Direct Telephone Numbers: .............

Preferably, you can send us your Mobile Phone number to enable an urgent direct contact with you hence the arrival in your city. Hence i hear from you also with the COPY of the payment for the Air Flight Weight Fee of your Consignment Box which is the sum of USD$50.00 only, then, i will be coming along with your Consignment Briefcase Box content of your USD$10.500 Million, but remember that as the secretary of The Department Of Homeland Security United States Of America, i am a Us Government Secret Security Agent and i have the power to go through any Airport Customs and security Agents without personal inspection or inspecting what i carry along.

And as soon as i arrive in your state, i will give you a telephone call and instantly send an email to you from my official Ipad Hand Computer which is always with me while traveling around the world so that you will give me a direction on how we can meet Face to Face and i will physically hand over your Consignment Box to you before proceeding back to my official duty Post in the States.

As soon as I arrive, I shall call you on your Telephone Number following an email to you then when you immediately respond, I will Meet you in person, hand over your Consignment Box to you and all these will end once and for all now.

I have taken this assignment upon myself because I understand that you have really paid so much on the cost of these deliveries which i want to stop now, because nothing was received by you. So be advised to contact me hence immediately you get this email now because everything has been done ok. Once you send the money, try to immediately notify me with the COPY for easy pick up and for the immediate action on the delivery of your Consignment Box, for you to receive your Funds without any further delay Again. Since you were unable to receive it since .

You are to send the needed fee through Gift card (Apply card, steam wallet card or Google play card or eBay)

As soon as you send the fee, make sure that you send me the COPY of the card. Once you buy it, try to notify me with the copy of the card for confirmation and for the immediate action on the shipping of your Consignment and its Handing over to you.

Also, you are to forward to us any email that you have been receiving from people for proper verification and investigation before you deal with them okay.

Sincerely Yours,

CURRENT SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY USA.
Hon Alejandro Mayorkas, official DHS portrait.jpg
From The U.S Department of Homeland Security.
E-mail={[email protected]}

Conclusion

This scam is commonly known as the Advance Fee Scam. The fraudsters will always offer users a large sum of money or high-value prize before asking for payment upfront.

If you have received an email like this, please do not send them any money. It’s likely you will never hear from the scammer again and will not get your money back.

Scammers will always prefer payment in gift cards due to the ease of trading them online for an alternative currency.

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