Since I started working in the security industry I have trained those around me to be wary of unusual looking emails â€“ even those coming from friends. So I felt glad when a friend (â€˜trainedâ€ by me) forwarded this email which she recognized as a scam.
Itâ€™s the usual â€œtraveler stuck in some foreign country who needs moneyâ€. The setting this time is the Philippines and the â€œpoor guyâ€ is stuck at the hotel since the manager will not let him leave (!).
Hereâ€™s the email text:
â€œI Hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Manila(Philippines) and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein. The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.
I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon but i am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager wonâ€™t let me leave until i settle the bills, I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once i get back home, you are my last resort and hope, Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because itâ€™s the only way i can reach you.â€
Maybe youâ€™ve seen many examples of these emails â€“ feel free to comment and let us know what countries youâ€™ve seen people â€œstuckâ€ in. And spread the word â€“ as shown by this example we can all help educate the people around us so that scams like these become less successful.