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Nasty sneaky scam.

macroman 14 15.3k England
25 Apr 2013 11:05AM
I recently received the following:

Good Morning,
This is ********... I am writing this with tears in my eyes, I am sorry to bring you this sad and unexpected news but, i had to send this message to you, due to an unforeseen circumstance that I encountered. A*******, B******* and I made a short trip to Manila and unfortunately for us, we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off us but luckily we still have our passports with us, ******** got beaten up by the muggers because he tried to protect us at the incident, he couldn't walk well due to a Severe pain on his left leg, he had to check into an hospital to do an MIR Scan.

I have been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all the bad news is our flight will be leaving in less than 5-hrs from now but we are having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills, I will need your help (LOAN $1,650) financially, I promise to make the refund once we get back home. Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because it's the only way i can reach you.

H******* *********,


It's a particarly nasty scam as they were on holiday, and the event is plausible.
It was sent to all family members obviously to get at least one to fall for it.
I was fooled on the first reading, but then realised that the tone of the e-mail was all wrong, (I am writing this with tears in my eyes!!!) not her style of language, (we've been mugged by some rotten b******, is more her style)
Several family members received the message, but had the sense to check it out so no-one was caught out, a swift phone call confirmed that everyone was OK and no messages had been sent.

Incidentally the e-mail was correct.

So watch out peeps.

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KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 11:19AM
Unfortunately this has been doing the rounds for a couple of years, heres a recent article on it, all you can do is like you have keep it in the public eye.

What it does mean tho is that there email account has been hacked so take any action that could put yourself at risk, as any emails on there account to you they will now have the details

http: Stranded Traveler scam
macroman 14 15.3k England
25 Apr 2013 11:28AM
They have changed their e-mail details, even I don't know them yet. Grin
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
25 Apr 2013 12:08PM
LOL...Grin That is as old as the hills, It underlines something I have been advising for years " Never Take Anything That Arrives In Your Email Accounts At Face Value " Not never Not Ever, Period.!!!

If for some reason it gets your interest do some exhaustive research before you do anything, Next find a way of contacting any " Mugged " relatives by the old fashioned way " Telephone via landline " Or contact our good old British ( Are they still called that Smile ) Embassy, Though this option is probably a waste of time as they are probably doing something interesting like playing golf or sunbathing etc, Its worth a shot just to see how the other half earn our money.....Grin

It is up to each and everyone one of us who use the internet & associated tech to be one step ahead of the criminal elements, Internet associated crime has been on the increase year on year, It is way past epidemic proportions, Hell! Why mess around taking chances by doing a spot of " Armed Robbery " , When you can sit on your butt and scam the entire planet from the comfort of your own grotto......Wink

Take care Peeps.....Smile
Coventryphotog Junior Member 4 149 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 12:16PM
Right up there with the Nigerian Prince tale - can't quite believe people still fall for this - and yet they do....
AlanJ Plus
5 970 England
25 Apr 2013 1:08PM
Just a comment in support of our embassies.My son was recently stopped from crossing into Hungary from Croatia because his passport was damaged. They sent him back to Zagreb on the train. I rang ahead to the embassy and got details of where and how he could get a temporary travel document and they couldn't have been more helpful. Better than that; some weeks later he was about to board a flight back to UK from Budepest when the airline (stupidly) decided as he wasn't travelling on the expiry date of his temporary document they would not let him fly!More calls to the embassy in Budepest who made contact with their colleagues in Zagreb to get faxed copies of documents. The lady dealing with the matter even gave me and my son her personal mobile number when she went home in case there were further difficulties. She then rang my son on her way to work the next day and asked him if he wanted her to call in the airport on her way to work (he'd slept at the airport). What a star. First and only contact with any embassy but I was more than impressed and hugely comforted. (He's back in UK now!)
MikeRC Plus
12 3.6k United Kingdom
25 Apr 2013 1:21PM

Quote:" Never Take Anything That Arrives In Your Email Accounts At Face Value " Not never Not Ever, Period.!!!

...you mean , I might not really have won the Nigerian lottery....that's so unfair, raising my hopes.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
25 Apr 2013 2:30PM
How does anyone fall for that load of crap.........??? and if they do, they deserve all they let themselves in for.

I am currently waiting for the $10 million to be sent to my account after sending my details and $300 fee.................
Eastlands 7 760 4 Northern Ireland
25 Apr 2013 2:40PM
I can't understand all the negativity as I have received over 50 million pounds this year alone, or at least it is enroute to my bank account
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
25 Apr 2013 5:00PM
Got this sent to all of my email contacts 2 years ago while on holiday. I had several people contact me (even Epz!) and amongst around 600 contacts I had 1 guy send 200 by credit card, which the credit card company refused to process as they knew it was a scam!...so yeah, well known but scary for those involved none the less.

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