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It is a natural reaction for many people to help someone in need. One email scam looks to take advantage of that impulse, using a ruse that convinces the victim his or her friend or family member is trapped in a foreign country.
A Toledo News Now viewer forwarded us the email below, which was sent from an email address of someone she knows.
The email states:
I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Philippines for Tour/vacation..The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we lost our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing and was attack by robbers. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run at the moment. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you($950.00 USD) or any amount you can afford to help with, this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I get back home. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.
Thanks so much.
Of course, the friend of family member is not behind the email.
To be safe, never send money to someone who contacts you over the Internet, even if the name and email address seem familiar.