We recently received a curious email supposedly from Ellen, a friend who we knew was safely at home. It read:
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and I came down here to London, United Kingdom for a short vacation.unfortunately,we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash and credit card were stolen off us but luckily for us 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 few hours 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. Well I really need your financially assistance..Please, let me know if you can help us out?
Am freaked out at the moment!!
The typical poor spelling and punctuation found in these scams added to the credibility of someone in a panic. I suspect “Ellen” was just a name picked at random and only by coincidence was someone we knew. But our Ellen would not have tears in her eyes. It would be all of the others who would be in tears after she finished with them, police, hotel manager, and even the mugger.