Monday, March 9, 2009

Very....Urgent...Stranded in London...SCAM!!!

Mom called me this morning about her cousin being stranded in London asking for like $2500 because he lost his wallet and paperwork over there. Got the whole family in a tizzy because we all thought it was a scam. But since we didn't know everyone was second guessing themselves.

The sad truth is our family is not close enough to have current phone numbers to just settle the debate. They didn't want to call his parents and upset them because they are aging. How pathetic are we? No, don't call and uncover the truth because it would mean actual interaction with people we only talk to every decade or so.

Some times it think if we didn't send Christmas cards no one in my family would know if one another were still alive.
Here is the email I'm blocking out his name...
Hey, I am in hurry writing you this message and I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling. I traveled to England and i got my self stranded. I am really stranded in England because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which i have all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am now owning a hotel bill of (430GBP) and they wanted me to pay the bill soon else they will have to hand me over to the Hotel Management, I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need (500GBP) to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of (930GBP) to sort out my problems here. I am sending you this email from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to wire the fund and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home without any delay. So please use my details for Western Union money transfer because i still have one of my I D card with me,that is the only way i could be able to get it fast and leave. hear is the detail below....
NName: (Name Removed by Poster)
Address: 55 Blackfriars Road
zip code M3 7DB
State; mancherster
Country ;England
After you have send the money, email to me the western union money transfer control number or you can attach and forward to me the western union money transfer receipt so that i can pick up the money and leave. Right now, i don't have any access to phone communications because the phone in my hotel room had been disconnected due to too much bills imposed on me, i only have access to the computer at the library where am sending you this email right now,please kindly bear reasons with me, and also the embassy here has already promised to give me a covering traveling papers that i will need to have my way back home, all i need right now is the money to settle up the bills and leave,God bless you.
(Name Removed by Poster)
I sent him a separate email saying I thought it was a hoax, but if it wasn't, my aunt wanted to help and he needed to call my mom. Here is the response:
Dorn, Thank you all so much for getting back to me, well i know how you feel,the present condition that i found myself is very difficult for me to explain,,i will be very much happy if (Name Removed by Poster) can help me to transfer the fund,so please do what ever you can to assist me,I will be very much happy to call you but i don"t have any phone contact right now because the phone in my hotel room had been disconnected due to too much bills imposed on me, i only have access to the computer at the library where am sending you this email right now and i don't have any money with me, so as soon as i get the money i will call from a pay phone on this unmber (Number Removed by Poster) .,please kindly bear reasons with me.am staying at city hotel.thank you so much for your love and support may God bless you all.
(Name Removed by Poster).
Here's the really messed up thing. I know this is a scam. I'm not worried that my cousin is stranded. But, it went out to everyone in his email list, including the majority of my family. What if someone doesn't realize it's a scam? What if one of his friends or family members does it before calling him?
Hopefully no one falls for it. Maybe it will bring my family closer knowing their anti-social behavior nearly cost us $$$ or left a bloke in the UK all alone.

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