Just got this stupid e-mail from an Internet spammer who apparently didn’t read my August newsletter warning about the scam (or has a sick sense of humor and sent the e-mail because of the article). Dumb bunny trying to con a Website attorney? Ha!
From: Mary Stone [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 04, 2009 6:50 AM
Subject: Sad News!!!
I am in a hurry writing this mail to you, I had travelled to the UK to visit a new researchers complex in Wolverhampton (Imperial College, Gallery Section, UK) and unfortunately for me the hotel i lodged got razed by fire. I am so confused right now, I don’t know what to do or where to go. I didnt bring my phones here and the hotel telephone lines were disconnected during the incident. So I have access to only emails.
Please can you lend me £960 today so I can return home. As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately.all you have to do is to transfer through Western Union Money Transfer to my name.below is the details you require.
ADDRESS-FOX HOTELS(118 SCHOOL STREET)HARBOUR VIEW RD.
Once again i want to assure you that your money will be refunded as soon as i get back home.immediately you have the money transfered,please help me scan or write out the MTCN Number given to you at the western union outlet.i will be waiting anxiously for your positive response.
Please I need you to get back to me as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Thanks and Regards,
Note that this scam is now being used on Twitter and Facebook. Accounts on social networking sites are being hacked and same type of requests are being made to online friends. If you get a request for money, double or triple check ID before sending anything. Chances are you’ll discover your friend is nowhere near the location where the ‘tragedy’ occurred and that it is just a con artist trying to steal from you.
Speaking of con artists, just waiting for the day when this crime gets tweaked with a hidden continuity program. And if one pays the initial amount will there will be an additional upsell soliciting more funds. This type of con generates plenty of calls for a Website attorney to do something to the scammer.
To your success!
-Mike the Website attorney