A Scam E-Mail I Didn't Fall For

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@MALUSE (32832)
Denmark
September 14, 2017 2:30pm CST
I know that one shouldn't open e-mails if one doesn't know the sender. Some time ago I got one like that. The words HOLIDAY DISASTER...PLEASE HELP seemed strange to me. I clicked it into the bin. Some hours later I got an email from a former colleague of my school who had opened it and asked me what I thought of it. What connects this colleague and me is that when I was still in active service so-to-speak, I used to organise a theatre performance once a year for our German students of English. When I retired, the colleague took the organisation over from me. The e-mail was signed with the name of the Englishman who runs this theatre company. It said, "Hello, I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came over here to Kyivska, Ukraine for a short vacation. unfortunately, we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed, all cash and credit card were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.   We've been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills. Well I really need your financial assistance with a quick loan of $2,000, Promise  to refund it back as soon as we get back home...Please, let me know if you can help us out? Am freaked out at the moment!! Name XYZ" I sent my colleague this answer: -I doubt that the British Embassy refuses to help. After all it's their job to do this. -We're both so far removed from the theatre man in England that it's very unlikely he'd turn to us for help and not to relatives and friends in Great Britain. -The flight is supposed to be in some hours. How would we be able to get money to the Ukraine at such short notice? -The sum of $2000 is enormous. Imagine you and I and some others would react, that would mean quite a nice sum for the sender of this email. -Who's so daft to visit the Ukraine in winter 'for a short vacation'? Besides: 'vacation' is American English, an Englishman would write 'holidays'. -The theatre performances have always taken place in winter. While the actors are on tour, the head of the company has always been in his office in London so that we could reach him if need be. He'd certainly not go to the Ukraine now. My advice: call him or send him an e-mail and ask what's going on. My colleague did that and sent me an e-mail confirming that the whole thing was a scam - just as I had suspected. So no harm was done, at least not to us. But I must admit that begging e-mails sent from the address of someone whose name is familiar can be disturbing. I wonder where the scammer had got both my and my colleague's e-mail address from and knew about our 'relationship' with the English theatre man. Have you ever made a similar experience?
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28 responses
@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
14 Sep
I tend to delete emails from people I do not know!
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@tech40 (8004)
• Philippines
14 Sep
@garymarsh6 Same here.. I do the same thing! :)
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@topffer (30615)
• France
14 Sep
I received an email from a colleague asking money for a plane to come back from her holidays because her wallet had been stolen. She was in Ivory Coast. What had been stolen was her smartphone, and they tried to scam all her contacts in the following days.
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@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
14 Sep
Do you know if anyone paid?
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@topffer (30615)
• France
14 Sep
@MALUSE I do not think so. A few tried to call her, and as she was not responding and calling back they realized that there was something wrong.
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• United States
14 Sep
$2,000 definitely is not a small loan. Your colleague is persistent about getting to the bottom of this. I never read emails I don't know.
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@tech40 (8004)
• Philippines
14 Sep
@infatuatedbby Yeah! $2000 isn't small.. for me I need couple of years to earn that amount in myLot!
• United States
15 Sep
@tech40 Lol not even close to $2000 from myLot more like $200!
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@tech40 (8004)
• Philippines
15 Sep
@infatuatedbby and I can only get $20 haha!
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@FayeHazel (11791)
• United States
14 Sep
I've received many scam emails through the years -- but always unknown people. Not someone I'd known. Maybe his account got hacked? Scary what the scammers try.
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@noni1959 (2656)
• United States
17 Sep
A lot of these scammers buy email addresses. Sadly there are some who fall for this and why these scammers still do this.
@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
17 Sep
Where can you buy email addresses?
15 Sep
yes same to same
@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
15 Sep
What does that mean? Please explain. I don't understand it.
@Scrapper88 (1210)
• United States
14 Sep
I have been hearing a lot about scams. The things some people will do to get money.
@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
14 Sep
You have to be alert all the time.
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@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
14 Sep
I've had many potentially scam emails but they didn't mention anyone connected to me.
@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
14 Sep
That was the point which puzzled us most. I do hope that other recipients of this email didn't fall into the trap.
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@Hatley (159467)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Sep
my best fri ed got an email telliongher that her cousin Irma was stuck in london as she had beenrobbed and needed two thousand to get home. My fr iend had her son called cousin Irma and no surprise Irma was ho me had never been to Lomdon so theuy saved two thousand dollars on tha mean scam.
@MALUSE (32832)
• Denmark
14 Sep
The scammers are not too intelligent, are they? I think it's only logical that you would get into contact with Irma first.
@Tampa_girl7 (21646)
• United States
1 Oct
I occasionally get these types of emails too. I just delete them.
• United States
20 Sep
Yes i have received them before. Very annoying :(
@SIMPLYD (75371)
• Philippines
20 Sep
It is indeed alarming how could someone be able to have your email address. Much more asking for an amount that is big. Whenever I read emails from unknown sources that offers a job or whatever but would ask for an initial amount , I know that it is a scam. How much more if it is $2000 like yours. Actually when there is money involved you know that it could be a scam.
@shaggin (26854)
• United States
15 Sep
I think this person was able to ask you what to do since it seems they were not as easily able to spot the scam as you were. Some scams have duped me.
@nanette64 (13821)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Sep
I haven't but it definitely is interesting on how that scammer would have gotten that info @MALUSE .
@LadyDuck (122086)
• Switzerland
15 Sep
I got an email that was forged, it looked like it was sent by the account of my niece, but the subject sounded weird. I called my niece to be sure, the email has not been sent by her, but someone has hacker her account. All her friends received email asking for help, something similar to this letter.
@GardenGerty (91055)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Sep
Perhaps bought or hacked into an old listing of people associated with the theater group. Glad there are logical people like you out there.
@bluesa (12838)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
15 Sep
No, thankfully this has not happened to me. You had figured out everything very well though @MALUSE I am happy you stopped your friend from falling for that scam.
@Asylum (47287)
• Manchester, England
15 Sep
I have not seen this particular scam email, but do know of it. Apparently it is the latest trend, although as you say a lower figure would have been more convincing.
@Lucky15 (33691)
• Philippines
15 Sep
none..yet. and i think being more observant with all that is happening is a good thing
@hereandthere (24137)
• Philippines
15 Sep
i got another email warning me about my email. yeah, right.