(or) Don’t Fall for the Latest Internet Scam
“If you had any doubt how loved you are, you had a lot of people very concerned about you this morning,” my brother Andy said. Before I awoke Thursday morning, Andy was bombarded with emails and phone calls. Many were ready to send money. I got to hand it to the hackers—they picked the right guy! Most people didn’t find it the least bit out of character that I would make “a quick trip to the UK.”
The woman who had subletted my place in December sent me an email through airbnb.com. “i just want to make sure if you are stuck in UK and need money immediately. I can only lend you 300 dollars, that’s the best i can do.”
Keep in mind I have never met this woman! I’m both flattered by her heart and concerned for her naiveté, but certainly more the former.
My friend Jimbo was on his way to Western Union. He wrote:
Will keep trying to call, but don’t think I can from my phone. np with helping out…just need to know what to do with it.
My friend JB wasn’t quite fooled, but his humor was much appreciated. He wrote:
Dink, I don’t think this is you. This looks like one of those frauds. However, I’ll send the money if you can tell me: What’s a dangling participle, and why do I care?
I still feel violated, but I also feel blessed. I’ve also learned how addicted I am to my email account and facebook accounts (neither of which I can access—use firstname.lastname@example.org for now if you need to reach me), and I’m seeing if I can learn something from this. Be careful what I wish for when seeking attention! Last but not least, if you get an email like the one below, recognize that it’s a scam. If a friend is asking for money or help, be sure to call to confirm.
Apologies for having to reach out to you like this, but I made a quick trip to the UK and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and credit cards in it. The embassy has cooperated by issuing a temporary passport, I just have to pay for a ticket and settle Hotel bills.
To be honest,i don’t have money with me,I’ve made contact with my bank but the best they could do was to send me a new card in the mail which will take 2-4 working days to arrive here.i was thinking of asking you to lend me some quick funds that i can give back as soon as i am out of here,i really need to make a last minute flight that leaves in a few hours. I can furnish you with info on how you will get me the money. You can reach me via hotel’s desk phone, the number is, +44 (0) 2920 454 090.