Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's a terrible situation, so ignore it

This message was sent by a clever scammer who was actually using a account,, to get this message out. However, the scam looks like it came from an AOL account.

I guess I don't feel back for this mysterious Jack, since he's actually a scammer who's going to ask you to wire him money. Don't be fooled, don't reply, to messages like this. If you receive a message like this from someone that you think you know, try contacting him/her via phone using a known number, or verify that he/she is actually out of the country. Often these come from hijacked email accounts -- so if you reply via email, the scammer will see your message.

From: Jack Stevens
Date: March 4, 2011 3:31:21 AM PST
Subject: Terrible Situation----Help!!!‏


I'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's because of the situation of things right now,I'm stuck in Cardiff wales right now,I came down here on vacation ,I was robbed, the situation seems worse as bags,cash ,credit cards and cell phone were stolen at GUN POINT, It's such a crazy experience for me, I need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is that I still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home, please I need you to loan me some money, I will reimburse you right as soon as I'm back home. I promise.

Jack Stevens

1 comment:

  1. A friend of mine was hacked and I received something similar:

    Good Morning,
    I'm writing this with a troubled mind,my family and I are currently on vacation to Madrid,Spain. and we got mugged last night in an alley by a gang of thugs on my way back from shopping, everything i had on me including my cell phone, credit cards were all stolen,quite honestly it was beyond a dreadful experience for me but looking on the bright side i was not seriously hurt or injured and i am still alive so that is whats important.

    I've reported to the cops here and canceled all my cards,it appeared I had acted quickly enough or they almost would have succeeded in cleaning out my bank account. I'm really having some difficulties clearing my hotel bills and also need to pick up a voucher ticket at the counter for us to catch a flight back home in a couple of hours.

    I was wondering if you could please loan me some money pending when i get things straighten out and I promise to refund as soon as we arrive home safely. All i need to get back is (£1,450),

    Write me back and let me know how soon you can get it to us asap.