Email Scam – A recent one I received from a hacked account

By | February 20, 2011

Thought I would write a quick post to alert you to a scam email I received recently. Unfortunately in this instance a person I know had their email account hacked, then the scam email was sent to people either in their address book or sent folder. Luckily my contact discovered their account was hacked, regained control and emailed people to apologise and explain the situation. I hope nobody fell for the scam.

Below is a copy of the scam email:

Title: It’s Urgent, Please Respond

Email: It’s me, XXXX. I really don’t mean to inconvenience you right now, I made a little trip to UK and I misplaced my luggage that contains my passport and credit cards, I know this may sound odd, but it all happened very fast. I need to get a new passport and a ticket, but I’m short of funds to pay for my ticket and other miscellaneous expense. Please, can you lend me some funds to get a ticket? I’ll be willing to pay back as soon as I get home.

Please respond as soon as you get this message, so I can forward you my details to send the funds to me, OR you can drop a message via the hotel’s desk phone if you can. The numbers are, XXXXXXXXXXX.

I await your response

XXXXXX