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If you get this email...

...alert the person you got it from that they've been hacked.

Interesting that they include a number for the alleged hotel manager. Hopefully anyone even considering sending money would call it and demand to speak to the friend in question directly. Me, I promptly went into "who do I know in the vicinity who might be able to go hold her hand?" mode, because it sounded enough like the friend in question to pass, and I haven't talked to her in a couple months and would not be surprised by a London trip I didn't know about. (Insufficient caffeine. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.)

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,We came down here to London,England for a short vacation and i was mugged at gun point last night,at the park of the

hotel where we lodged all cash,creditcards and cell were stolen off me, thank God we have our life and passport.

I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all,they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't wait till then.

Our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now and we are having problems settling the hotel bills.

The hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the hotel bills.
you can speak with him through this number +447024074948,we are freaked out at the moment

you can wire the money to me through westernunion all you need is Name
on my passport and location below.

Name:xxxxxxxxx
Location:xxxxxxxxxx
Amount: $2,350

I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.

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maiac
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Hurrah for the person who recognized the scam and posted in your other post. Oops.

This shows you have a good and generous heart, anyway.
lintra
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Really, that's why these things are so effective - we want to help. We're helpers.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, we're also smart about it. I don't know anyone who would have actually wired funds without talking directly to the alleged sender. But I'm sure there are people -- perfectly sensible people in general! -- who might.
darkmagess
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Jeez. At least someone recognized it before badness happened.
wiliqueen
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
Word. It tells you how much slicker they're getting that it took a couple steps of checking. Though I do feel a lot less stupid because there weren't immediately five comments going "Um, scam, duh, how did you miss it??"

And y'know, that's one of the reasons I hate the collections industry, and could never, ever actually be one of the people on the phone with debtors all day. I'm on board in principle with the idea that our clients have the right to be paid as agreed for their goods and services, but I hate that the industry runs almost entirely on assuming that everyone you talk to is lying.

It even bleeds over into how I'm expected to deal with the attorneys we hire, and it's just...ugh. I have no interest whatsoever in being that person.

Edited at 2010-04-02 07:55 pm (UTC)
sventhelost
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I work in international relations, and we are often sending grantees hither, thither, and yon. I've as a result seen several variations of this particular email over the last year or so. The first time I saw it, I was like "Good grief! Not much I can do about it." Then, not too long after, I got the "My account's been hacked" notice.

If you DO know someone in such a situation, they should be in touch not only with the police but with the embassy. While the police might be slower to act, the embassy is going to be much better able to advocate for the person with the hotel, with the police, and even with the airline.
wiliqueen
Apr. 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
*nods* And it mentions the embassy too. Which is sneaky, since most of us have heard horror stories about bureaucratic snafus on that front, albeit usually in countries with less cozy relationships.
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