I see messages like this occasionally. Unfortunately, I know people who have fallen for them and sent money. That's the real tragedy. Messages like this are scams, pure and simple. Delete these messages, don't reply to them.
This particular message claims to have been sent from the pacbell.net domain, but actually entered the mail stream from the listed yahoo.com address.
From: Patrick Bitz firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Sad Trip!!!
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and i came down here to London,UK for a short vacation to visit a resort and got mugged at gun point last night at the park of the hotel where we lodged.All cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off me.I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all,our flight leaves today and I'm having problems settling the hotel bills, we still have some money in our account but we don't have access to it right from here.
The hotel manager won't let us leave until i settle the hotel bills(£1,650GBP)now am freaked out.Please reply and let me if can you have the money wire to me through western union i promise to pay back as soon as i get back home.
Patrick T. Bitz
Main Street Financial Services
2186-C Rheem Dr
Pleasanon, CA 94588