It’s amazing how creative thieves have become at getting people to send them money. The latest scam is detailed in the email below which I received from a fellow travel writer. I knew it wasn’t them but I wasn’t 100% but instead of replying to the email I sent them a Facebook message. I later found out that the criminals hacked into that account as well but luckily they didn’t reply. If they did I would’ve asked them to answer some questions about our encounters to see if it was really them. Well, this morning I read Chris Elliott’s newsletter and found this story “Email scam cost me $6,600 — can you get it back?”
It turns out this email is running ramped and educated people are falling for it. The point I’m trying to make is to pass the word around to your contact list just in case someone hacks into your account. If they do you won’t be able access it when they lock you out and you don’t want your friends/family/colleagues to empty their pockets.
This message may be coming to you as a surprise but we need your help.Few days back we made an unannounced vacation trip to London,UK. Everything was going fine until last night when we got mugged on my way back to the hotel.
They Stole all cash,credit cards and cellphone but thank God we still have our life and passports.Another shocking is that the hotel manager has been unhelpful to me for reasons I don't know.
I'm writing you from a local library cybercafe..We reported to the police and after writing down some statements that's the last we had from them.I contacted the consulate and all we keep hearing is they will get back to us.
I need you to help me out with a loan to settle our bills here so we can get back home tomorrow. I'll refund the money as soon as I get back. All we need is $2,550..Let me know if you can get me the money then I tell you how to get it to me.Thanks. Kevin and Sue