Posted by: matt25 | September 3, 2013

Scams, Lies, and Heartstrings

If you receive an email from someone you know that looks like a scam it probably is.  If it appears to be from someone you know, that is probably not true.  If you see bad grammar, no personal information, it appears to be very urgent, and contains a message sure to tug at your heartstrings if it were true watch out! Case in point… I got this one today, allegedly from a friend of mine:

“Sorry to bother you with this.I am presently in Spain with my ill Cousin. She’s suffering from a Kidney disease and must undergo transplant to save her life. I am deeply sorry for not writing or calling you before leaving, the news of her illness arrived to me as an emergency and that she needs family support to keep her going, I hope you understand my plight and pardon me.

The transplant is very expensive here, so I want to transfer her back home to have the transplant implemented, I am wondering if you can be of any assistance to me, I need about $2,500 to make the necessary arrangement; I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I’ll surely pay you back once I get back home, I need to get her home as soon as possible because she is going through a lot of pain at the moment and the doctor have advised that she has to be operated on time to avoid complications. I will appreciate whatever amount you can come up with if not all,Please get back to me.”

smellsfishy.gifI did not send him any money.  Why not?
1.  He is not out-of-town.
2.  He does have cousins but as far as I know they do not live in Spain and are not looking for emergency transplants.
3.  The grammar and syntax don’t sound like him.
4.  The transplant is expensive in Spain so they are going to have it done in the USA.  Do I need to say why that just sounds wrong?

Bottom line is, be careful.  Don’t reply to the suspicious email.  If you are worried your friend might need help, call them or their family before you send any money.  You’ll be glad you did and they will be glad to know you care.  They will also be glad to know that someone is using their email for nefarious purposes.


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