Curiouser and Curiouser

At first glance, I assumed the origin of the email below was Nigeria, or some other African country where optimistic senders are often rewarded by gullible Western greedy guts. But no. It is a person living in Mexico City that I have exchanged a couple of emails with. Never met him though. The question is, did he forget to sign out of his email account in an internet cafe? Did he get his account hacked? Or has he been kidnapped? Anywhere else and you’d assume the former two, but in Mexico, you just never know. It doesn’t look written by him though. No Englishman carries a ‘purse’ for starters. Curious….

Hope you get this on time? Sorry I didn’t inform you about my trip to UK for a program. I am having some difficulties here because i misplaced my purse on my way to the hotel which contained some cash, credit cards and some other valuable things. Presently, my passport and my things are been held down by the hotel management pending when i make payment.

I will like you to assist me with a loan of $2,415 to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home. I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with, I will Refund the money back to you as soon as i return, let me know if you can be of any help? ASAP.
I currently don’t have a phone where i can be reached.
please let me know immediately.

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  • I just got one of these too, from someone claiming to be ‘stranded’ in London. It’s the second one I’ve gotten, the other having a recognizable and unique last name of a client of mine, so I could have been roped in, but my client would NEVER go to England.

    • Indeed. I did, briefly engage in a conversation with the ’email account holder’, just for fun. I kept the person on the other end entertained for a while with promises to make use of Western Union to send a little payment, but I got bored.

      I asked him or her if he or she wanted to know why I knew it wasn’t the real account holder on the other end, but I’ve heard thing from the mystery scammer since.

      Shocking…an offer of some free education to help improve career prospects was rejected! No wonder they are stuck with email scamming for a living…

      I wasn’t going to offer any advice though. Not anything beyond pointing out that in English we always sign off as ‘Yours scammingly…’

      • Don’t waste your time trying to reason with or educate a scammer. They’re in it for the easy money and from all indications they often get it. I’ve read articles where people have sent thousands of dollars to these people – it’s easy money for just sending a few hundred emails, sooner or later they hit upon someone gullible enough to trust them.

  • CRAZY GONE NATIVE a blog out of Merida has had a similar problem in the last few days. Her’s was worse, as it claimed she was the one stranded and needing help.

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