Don't feel bad for people who send you messages like this: They're not friends stranded overseas. They're spammers who can't even spell their fake name consistently. This message didn't originate from AOL; it came from charter.net. Don't reply, don't be fooled by messages like this.
From: "Paula Jayne Winnig" email@example.com
Date: December 30, 2009 3:33:38 AM PST
Subject: Get back to me pls
I really don't mean to inconvenience you right now but I made a quick trip to the UK for the holidays, and I lost a bag which contains my passport and credit cards. I know this may sound odd, but it all happened very fast. I've been to the US embassy and they're willing to help me fly without my passport but I just have to pay for my ticket and settle some bills. Right now I'm out of cash plus i can't access my bank without my credit card over here. I have contacted them but they need more verification. I'm just gonna have to plead with you to lend me some funds right now? I'll pay back as soon as I get home. I need to get on the next available flight home.
Please reply as soon as you get this message so I can forward the details as to where to send the funds. You can reach me via the hotel's desk phone if you can, the numbers are, 011447024065511 or 011447024064567 You can also email me via my googlemail, as I can easily access it here firstname.lastname@example.org
I await your response...
Paula Jayne Winnig