Beware of Scammers Posing as Friends in Trouble

WomanOnComputer Beware of Scammers Posing as Friends in TroubleI received an email out of the blue from an acquaintance I hadn’t heard from in a while. The text of the email is below:

Good Morning!!

I’m sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it’s because of the situation of things right now..

I am presently stuck in SPAIN right now: came here on vacation and Unfortunately we got Robbed at the park of the hotel where we stayed. All cash and credit cards were stolen. Glad we still have our passports with us!!!

We’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in less than 6hrs from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. I need a quick loan from you to settle our bills and i will be very very glad to pay back…You have my word.

Hope to hear from you soon.

It turns out that this is a relatively common email scam.  The scam artists may hack an email account, a Facebook account or even call you on the phone posing as a relative or friend in trouble.

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I started at BBB|Cincinnati in 1994 as a Customer Service Specialist. Today I am the Vice President of Operations.