Post # 1
Check out this email!
Subject: My Plight—-â€‹—help
I’m writing this with Sadness in my eyes, BF’s DAD’s NAME and I came down here to London,United Kingdom for a short vacation but unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed, all cash and credit cards were stolen off us but we already canceled them. We’ve been to the embassy and the Police but they’re not helping issues at all, it was a brutal experience and BF’s DAD was injured on his arm but I’m glad we still have our lives. We need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is We still have our passports but don’t have enough money to sort the bills and also get flight tickets back home, please I need you to loan me some money, will reimburse you as soon as we get back home safely , I’m freaked out at the moment. Please get back to me as soon as possible so that i can give you my details to send the money to through western union.
BF’s MOM’s NAME
(I took out their actual names)
I got it this morning from my bf’s mom’s email address…. at first when I read it I freaked out because I knew they were in Ireland a couple of weeks ago, and my bf hasnt spoke to them since they got back (they live in another state and arent SUPER close)…..and this email uses his mom’s name and also mentions his dad’s name!
Then I realized 1. They would have mentioned if they were going to London too. 2. They would have found a way to call. 3. They would have already had their flights booked and paid for. 4. What bills are they talking about in this email?! and 5. my bf’s mom would never use the word “Plight” in an email subject line.
I got in contact with his mom this morning and she is trying to fix her email, and she confirmed it was hacked. BUT holy crap! Since when do scams actually use your name and your husband’s name?!?!?! I’ve seen these kind of western union emails but I’ve never seen them use your personal names! People are sick!
Post # 3
Wow that’s crazy detailed! They’re getting so much more clever. Kind of makes you miss the good old days of Nigerian princes.
Post # 4
grammatical errors like “Sadness” and “to through” would be huge red flags to me (along with mention of western union…)
Post # 5
Ugg the internet is a point of vulnerability and destruction for all
Post # 6
That is really scary. I got almost this exact email a few months ago from a college acquaintance (with whom I hadn’t spoken to in years). I deleted it, because I figured it wasn’t real and why would this person email me of all people. Super freaky that the hacked email came from someone you actually know and are close with.
Post # 7
That would have freaked me out!
Post # 8
This happened to me around 5 or 6 years ago. I got it from a former yoga teacher I was close with and said see was in Asia or Africa I believe. I figured she could be in that location but the email was sketchy and it made no sense she didn’t contact family. I obviously did not reply. I second the PP who said it really scary that this was “from” a close family member who someone might respond to.
Post # 9
One of my co workers told me this morning that her yahoo email account was hacked in the same way. This is scary because its so detailed. I hope that nobody really falls for anything like that. Im glad that you calmed down and realized it was a scam!! Holy cow!!!
Post # 10
Yep reading that the first thing when I woke up, i was like WTF?!?!?! Then when I actually reread it and thought about it, i realized there is no way this could be true!
@tee22 – “Kind of makes you miss the good old days of Nigerian princes.” LMAO!!! so true!
Post # 11
I’ve heard of this happening on fb; someone leaves their account logged in at an internet cafe or their account gets hacked, and the hacker spams their friends asking for money “to get home” with a sob story about getting mugged or something overseas. The ploy is to get your credit card info, I think.
Post # 12
That’s so weird! If someone had the money to go to an internet cafe and send an email, I would think that they would have enough money and/or brains to make a collect call at the least!