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Old 10-27-2011, 11:28 AM
 
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This morning the wife got an email from a friend that said she had been robbed on vacation in Rome, all her credit cards and money had been stolen, could she please send her 1200 euros via Western Union.

She was about to do this until I said, "hold it, this smacks of a fraud on the Internet". When her "friend" replied "I was so glad to read from you", I said no American would say "read from you".

So I said to send an email to her asking how they met and what was the name of her oldest sister, which she would know. It's been 4 hours and waiting for a reply.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX & AL Gulf Coast
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Wow, how do you think they made the connection between your wife and her friend? Email's between the two? And, is her friend actually travelling in Rome? Anybody having this type info would worry me more than them actually asking for the money!

Great smarts on your part to handle it the way you did.

I'd also file a report about it
here if I were you.

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Old 10-27-2011, 12:27 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Why would you send so much money ( or any money) to an "unidentified" friend in a first place? How the Western Union check supposed to be delivered? To the hotel? Post office? Was there a name of the recipient? Does that name ring a bell??
I am glad that you had enough common sense to stop your wife from doing this...

I agree with BstYet2Be about filing a report.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I've seen this a few times before.
The email seems to come from a legitimate friends email address. Usually indicates someone has gotten into that email account.

I mean come on. Give the OP some credit here. The email didn't say "Hi, I am a friend" with an odd address on the FROM. It came from a friends email address.

Most people catch it but these bastards have been paid on this scam...
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Yeah, my wife almost fell for it because it was from her friend's legit email. I think scammers can somehow steal email id's. I've started using bcc for all of my email messages that I broadcast and send the "to" to my email.

The Nigerians and Russians are getting smarter, but they still need to study their English a bit. "Glad to read from you", I mean, come on, dummy.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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It's so easy to spoof an email address header it's not funny. Don't trust anything in an email...you'll be better off.
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Old 10-27-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Yeah, my wife almost fell for it because it was from her friend's legit email. I think scammers can somehow steal email id's. I've started using bcc for all of my email messages that I broadcast and send the "to" to my email.

The Nigerians and Russians are getting smarter, but they still need to study their English a bit. "Glad to read from you", I mean, come on, dummy.
Yup!!!

A friend of mine uses "Craigslists" of all places to try either rental or buying a home or to lease??? Then uses me as a reference... than bam guess what??? Even my friends & family's e-mail was compromised.

Yup, they will try to get to you somehow acting like they know you to try to get money from you....

These scams are all over craigslists now... I think they even invade some local papers too...

So one cannot be too careful nowadays.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:11 PM
 
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Yup!!!

A friend of mine uses "Craigslists" of all places to try either rental or buying a home or to lease??? Then uses me as a reference... than bam guess what??? Even my friends & family's e-mail was compromised.

Yup, they will try to get to you somehow acting like they know you to try to get money from you....

These scams are all over craigslists now... I think they even invade some local papers too...

So one cannot be too careful nowadays.
I've stopped using craigslist because of all the scams that I've heard about. It's a shame because it used to be such a good resource.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Not.here
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I've seen this same scam pretending to be sent by a member of a mailing list that I'm on. Everyone on the mailing list got it.

It appears like the scammers got into the person's address list and then used it to pass along their bogus message.

One of the members on our list said, "Let's call that person and find out if this is real before we do anything else." And that's how we found out it was a scam.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:48 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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locally - there's been a rash of seniors that were scammed. using the same method, the criminals sent emails posing as children/grandchildren.

It's also done via phone calls too. And that can be more effective as the victim is brought into the distressed situation (actually talking to a highly distressed person).
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