Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And another nice example of attempted internet-fraud....

It's not always nice to be subject to Internet fraud. Last weekend I heard about a couple that had their hotmail account hacked. And I asked for the example at hand. The result was that suddenly, their friends and family got the e-mail below. Which evidently was a scam (asking for a quick money transfer) but still got some of their friends fooled.

So for prevention purposes I thought I better put the e-mail on the web. So be warned, don't fall for this !!

I am sorry i did not inform you about my trip and I do hope that you receive this email in good health. I am presently in Great Britain,London to be with my ill Cousin. She's suffering from a critical uterine fibroid and must undergo a hysterectomy surgery to save her life . I am deeply sorry for not writing in our usual language or calling you before leaving, the news of her illness arrived to me as an emergency and that she needs family support to keep her going, I hope you understand my plight and pardon me..

Hysterectomy surgery is very expensive here, so I want to transfer her back home to have the surgery implemented there am wondering if you can be of any assistance to me with her hospital bills including ticket fees, I need about €2,300(euro)) to make the necessary arrangement; I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I'll surely pay you back once I get back home, I need to get her home urgently because she is going through a lot of pain at the moment and the doctor have advised that it necessary that the tumor is operated soon to avoid anything from going wrong,she is currently taking care of at the Intensive care unit of the hospital and currently I am with her in there and i am restricted to make or receive any calls due to the patients in there but i have access to the Internet.

I would appreciate anything you can do to help me,i promise to repay the money back to you as soon as I get back home safely with my cousin. Please if you have a western union office around you send the money to my name and address below, i know this is not in your budget now but i promise to refund the money to you as soon as i get back home and have access to my account.

Name: Anon. Ymus
Address: 70 Margaret Street
London W1W 8TF
Great Britain

I await your mail as soon as possible so that i can be able to receive the money today, Please let me know any information given to you after sending the money or preferably scan the receipt of the western union money transfer so that it will be safer for me to receive.

Please I await your early reply
groet XYZ (wife of ANON. YMUS)