I received this today, seemingly from a person I know:
My sincere regrets for this sudden request, things actually got out of control on my trip to Madrid,Spain . I was mugged,all my belongings including cellphone and credit card were all stolen by a gunman. I need your help flying back home.
Am cash strapped at the moment. I’ve made contact with my bank but the best they could do is to send me a new card in the mail which will take 2-4 working days to arrive here. I need you to lend me some Money to sort my self out of this predicament, i will pay back once i make it out of Madrid.
Western Union or moneygram is the fastest option to wire funds to me. Let me know if you need my details(Full names/location) to effect a transfer. You can reach me via email or hotel’s desk phone and the number is,+34 981 218905341.
… followed by the real e-mail footer of this person. The sender’s e-mail address contained his name ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
From a common friend I learned that he is on dialysis at home and cannot travel. This e-mail is a fake.
So, just the usual warnings for similar cases:
- Be very careful and take your time.
- Don’t reply immediately and don’t send any information like other people’s e-mail addresses.
- Verify all information through other channels. Is that person really in Madrid?
- Search the Internet (e.g. Google) for significant parts of the text. Maybe somebody has already published a warning.
- If you really believe an emergency call is authentic, try some catch questions first.
- If you decide to mistrust that request, don’t reply. Just delete the mail.
- The best is, don’t send money anyway. If your friends needs to travel out, send an e-ticket.