Have you ever received a message from someone you barely know, saying that they've been mugged while abroad somewhere, and they need some cash to get to the airport or such like?
Never send money to someone for something that you don't already know about and have planned for. Here's how I dealt with such an attack on a (far acquaintance):[i[/i]
[Friend’s Profile] Hi *****
[Me] Hi ****, how's tricks?
[Friend’s Profile] Not good here You?
[Me] Not doing too bad, busy as always What's up?
[Friend’s Profile] I'm in a deep serious mess as we speak *
The unusual language suggests that perhaps, someone who isn't a native English speaker is writing the messages. * *
[Me] I see... what's appears to be the problem?
[Friend’s Profile] I'm stuck in Manila,Philippines Got mugged at gun point
[Me] Are the police aware?
[Friend’s Profile] All cash,cc,phones and other valuable things were stolen away.
[Me] So what are you using at the moment?
[Friend’s Profile] AM presently in a local library where am making use of free internet access to communicate to friends and family for help It's such a traumatic experience for me
[Me] I'm sure they'll be able to help much better than me. As for emergency money, the British Embassy in Manila can arrange temporary funds for your travel home.
(If you begin to reference government entities, you will almost certainly see a quick rise in interest, or a quick dip in interest. Which you experience will prove a strong indicator as to whether or not you're being [b]had[/b.
Phishing Scams - "I was mugged on holiday"
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