Jan 4, 2011
'Stranded traveler' scam
A friend sends you a desperate email from overseas. They’ve been mugged and are asking for your help so they can pay their bills and get a flight back home. The email appears to be coming from your friends account, and it does sound legit, but you didn’t even know your friend was on vacation. Be careful before sending cash, you’re about to become the victim of the latest internet scam.
In the latest trend, scammers have hacked their way into web based email accounts (like Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail) by guessing a users password. They then send out a ‘cry for help’ email to everyone in the address book. The hope is that someone in the contact list can be persuaded into sending cash using a wire service.
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