I just woke up to this email (below) in my inbox. Crooks are out with another travel scam, where they hack someone’s email account and send a cry for help to all of their contacts. I’ve received similar ones before and it really irked me when I later learned that one of my friends had fallen for it and wired money. If you get one of these emails, the best thing to do is delete it and then call, Facebook message or use your friend’s alternate email to alert them. Chance are they have no idea they’ve been hacked so they will appreciate you alerting them. Be sure to tell them to change their password ASAP.
P.S. I X’d out the last name in the email for obvious reasons.
Has this ever happened to you? Leave a comment below and share your story.
From: Sara XXXXXX [mailto:XXXXXXXX@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:19 AM
Subject: Awful Trip……….Sara XXXXXXX
I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about my trip, because it was impromptu. I had to be in Manila, Philippines for a program. The program was successful, but my journey has turned sour. I misplaced my wallet and cell phone on my way back to the hotel i lodge in after i went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables things i have. Now, my passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when i make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a loan of $1,800 from you. this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest. Thanks so much..