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for Help From a Friend Abroad Who Lost A Wallet-
Fiction! & Scam!
Summary of the eRumor: This is an urgent request for
funds from a friend or a loved one that says they have lost their wallet
and valuables while travelling in a foreign country.
The Truth: This is a scam by thieves who
have hijacked email accounts and no attempt to respond to this email
should be made.
If you get such an email from someone that you know you should call them
by telephone and alert them that their email account and password may
have been compromised. They should contact their Internet
provider or email customer service representative to inquire as how to
best remedy this security breech.
This serves as a
reminder that we should always have virus protection software current
and never reply to emails that may be cleverly disguised to appear as
though they came from agencies, institutions and companies that we know. They
are in reality phishing attempts to get our personal and confidential
information. Phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of
attempting to acquire sensitive information.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Hope you get this on time, sorry I
didn't inform you about my trip in Spain for a program, I'm presently in
Madrid and am having some difficulties here because i misplaced my
wallet on my way to the hotel where my money and other valuable things
were kept. I want you to assist me with a loan of (2,600 Euro = $3300)
to sort-out my hotel bills and to get myself back home.
I have spoken to the embassy here but they are not responding to the
matter effectively, I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist
me with, I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return, let me
know if you can be of any help. I don't have a phone where i can be
reached. Please let me know immediately.
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