Last Friday, I wrote a post asking you guys how low will scammers go to rob people of their money. The post centered around an attempt to use cancer patients, God, and charities around the world to rip people off. Early this week, a scammer attempted to use the oil spill in the Gulf to scam people.
Well, this week brings us kidnapping, hostage situations, and ransoms. Seriously.
Lydia post this comment on my post last week…
My boss actually had gotten an interesting one a few weeks ago –
An old business associate (who wouldn’t be caught dead outside the State much less the country) was “vacationing” on a European tour when they were mugged. They needed traveller’s cheques sent to a certain P.O. Box so that they could get a new passport and enough money to get airfare home. Later it was discovered that the associate had gotten her E-mail hacked and the hacker had E-mailed all of the people on this business-person’s E-mail database. Fortunately, it was so out of context for the individual that she had 15 people call her to tell her she’d been hacked – no one was “fleeced” that time.
Kathi followed up with an explanation as to how the scammers work…
Hi Lydia….the scam email from a friend probably originated by someone hacking into their facebook account, then into their email from there.
It happened to one of my friends on facebook….I got the email (coming from his personal email address) about being stranded in London….But I knew what had happened.
Just a few days before, there had been a news story about a lady here locally, in our small town….that had that exact thing happen to her. After a couple friends, who knew she wasn’t out of town, called, they figured out what happened. She made a police report. They went to every Western Union office in the county….Told them to be on the lookout for anybody trying to wire money to this lady. Somebody actually showed up at a WU office, wanting to send money to help his friend out. Fortunately, he was stopped from doing so!
From what I understand, this has been happening with alarming frequency at facebook.
Despite the alarming situation, this is of course a scam. They’re just playing to your emotions to try and rob you.
Will this be as low as they go?
I sincerely doubt it.