"SCAM email from a friend needing emergency wire transfer" Topic
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|Chortle ||06 Apr 2010 1:38 a.m. PST|
I have had this couple of times. The Scammer(s) either breeches someone's mail a\c, and sends the mail from there, or they spoof the address. The basic format is the same, this person is sorry they didn't inform you they were travelling. They have run into trouble and need a money transfer. The first time it was to the a/c of a second person. The second time it was a wire addressed to my friend. So perhaps they have someone with the same name, or perhaps you don't need ID to collect these payments.
Here are the texts
From: [NAME DELETED]
Sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling. I traveled to Malaysia and i got my self stranded. I am really stranded in Malaysia because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which i have all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am now owning a hotel bill of $1,000 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon else they will have to hand me over to the Hotel Management, I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1,000 to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of $2,000 USD to sort out my problems here. I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home. So please use the details of one of the hotel managers below to transfer the money to me through Western Union money transfer or money gram because that is the only way i could be able to get it fast and leave since he has a valid ID to pick up the money for me from the western union. This is the detail below
Name: Eric Maxwell [no need to delete this name as it isn't my friends]
Address: 20B Jalan Loke Yew, Bandar Malaka, Malaysia
Text Question: To whom
After you have send the money, email to me the western union money transfer control number or you can attach and forward to me the western union money transfer receipt so that i can pick up the money fast and leave. Right now, i dont have any acess to phone communications because the phone in my hotel room had been disconnected due to too much bills imposed on me, i only have acess to the computer at the library where am sending you this email right now.
Hope to hear from you soon. The embassy here has already promised to give me a covering traveling papers that i will need to have my way back home, all i need right now is the money to settle up the bills and leave.
Thanks and get back to me soon.
From: [NAME DELETED]
Am sorry i didn't inform you about my urgent trip to London, i don't have much time on the PC here,so i have to brief you my present situation which requires your urgent response actually, I had a trip to London but unfortunately for me all my money got stolen at the hotel where i lodged due to a robbery incident that happened in the hotel.I had been so restless since last night because i have been without any money moreover the Hotel's telephone lines here got disconnected by the robbers and they are trying to get them fixed back i have access to only emails at the library because my mobile cant work here so i didn't bring it along,please i want you to help me with money so please can you send me 850 Pounds or any amount you can afford so when i return back i would refund it back to you as soon as i get home,Am so confused right now and don't know what to do, I had been to the embassy and they are currently looking into my case,Please send the money through Western Union Money Transfer so i will get it immediately its sent,i want you to please transfer the money as soon as possible.Here is the details you need for the transfer below,
Receivers Names: [NAME DELETED]
Receivers Address:328 Mile End Road
Zip Code- E1 4NS
Please get back to me as soon as you have the money sent,once you are done with the transfer just help me to scan a copy of the receipt given to you by Western Union or help me to write out the Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN)
I will be waiting for your help. Thank you so much
|Arteis||06 Apr 2010 1:47 a.m. PST|
Sadly, in this day and age these criminals only have to get one poor sucker out of the millions they send these messages to, and they've made their money.
|Terrement ||06 Apr 2010 5:07 a.m. PST|
What you need to do is sign up for one of those anonymous email accounts and use the second to reply to the first explaining why not only can you not help but soliciting help yourself.
P.S. I, too am in a financial situation and if all of you could PM me a dollar or two, I'll be fine
|Shagnasty ||06 Apr 2010 1:38 p.m. PST|
Happened to a friend of mine. It showed up on my wife's e-mail rather than mine. He was very embarrassed.
|Covert Walrus ||13 Jun 2010 4:57 p.m. PST|
Several people in my Facebook circle had the same thing happen to them when the Icelandic volcano grounded traffic.
It seems disaster brings out the best in people . . . :(