A True Story of An Almost Perfect E-mail Scam Where I’m Involved
Three days ago I received an e-mail from my friend Roland Rodriguez who is a resident of Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
The e-mail is titled “Sad News” and reads:
“Am in a hurry writing you this note, Just wanted to seek your assistance on a critical issue I’m facing right now as you read this, you are the only person i could reach at this point, and i hope you come to my aid. Because something very terrible is happening to me now, i need a favor from you now, I had a trip to Great Britain(U.K)
“Unfortunately for me all my money got stolen on my way to the hotel where i lodged along with my bag were my passport was, And since then i have been without any money i am even owing the hotel here.
“So i have limited access to emails for now, please i need you to lend me some money, spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the matter effectively, I will return the money back to you as soon as i get home, I am so confused right now.
“My hopes on you.
I have suspected that the e-mail account of my friend Roland was hacked, but I played along and immediately replied the following:
“It’s sad indeed.
“Ok, please e-mail me immediately your bank account number, or the fastest way to send you the money, or your present address there in the UK, and how much money do you need.
“Once I received the info, I will immediately tell my secretary to send to you the money at your address or bank account.
Once I sent my reply, I called up Roland through his cellular phone, telling him about the e-mail that I’ve received supposedly from him.
He was greatly surprised, telling me that a few moments ago before I called, he received telephone calls and text messages from his other three (3) friends who also received the same e-mail allegedly from him, expressing concern about his safety and asking also where to send the money to him in U.K.
An hour after I sent my reply to Roland’s hacked e-mail, my inbox had another e-mail from the hacker, as follows
“Thanks for your reply, I am so glad to hear from you. I am stranded here in Middlesex right now. This situation i got my self into is really devastating, I need £1,380 (one thousand, three hundred and eighty pounds), I want you to send me the money so i can leave this place. It should be sent through a Western Union outlet or money gram shop, the details you need to send me money are
“Name: Roland F. Rodgiguez
Address: 15 Russell Road, Twickenham,
Country: United Kingdom,
Postcode: TW2 7QT
“Please help me write out the reference number given to you by the Western Union official and the details you used in sending me the money, or help me scan the receipt and attach and send to me. Thank you so much i would be waiting to hear from you.”
I did not send the money to the hacker. Roland’s three friends who had received the same e-mail also did not, as they first telephoned Roland to know what really happened to him.
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