One of your associates or work colleagues has gone on urgent business far away, and has been rob of their credit cards, wallet and mobile phone. But you can be a hero! You can rescue them by galloping in to the rescue by distribution them some much-needed cash.
Of course, it’s nothing but a scam – sent by a illegal who has broken into the account of one of your online friends. Here’s a scam message that one Naked Security reader conventional this morning via LinkedIn:
Subject: i am dieing here!!!!
I’m sorry for not telling you concerning my trip to Cardiff Wales, United Kingdom, I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here for an vital business and never knew things would be bad, I got robbed at the park of the hotel where i lodged, lost my credit cards, cell phone and all cash but luckily for me i still have my life and passports with me.
i wish i could call you but the hotel lines are faulty. I’m currently having some problems at the moment plus i need your help in getting the hotel bills sort and the hotel manager won’t let me leave until i settle the bills. I’m freaked out at the moment don’t know what to do down here just need to get out of this deep mess and get back home.
Please don’t tell anybody about this and let me know if you can help
You’ll become aware of that the message says that the hotel’s phone system is down. Scams such as this always dishearten you from making phone contact with the alleged victim, as a simple phone call would probably make it clear very quickly that you are talking to an phony.
In all likelihood, if you react to the plea for help you would in the end be asked to wire some money via the likes of Western Union to help your colleague out of their pickle. And still though, in this case, the person sending the message is allegedly in Cardiff in Wales, they could in reality be base wherever in the world. We’ve seen similar “stranded” scams in the past a lot of times on sites such as Face books, and tricksters even break into the email accounts of US senators in an attempt to fool people out of their cash.
If you don’t seem after the security of your online accounts, the scammers could be sending out a sob story to your friends and colleagues next time suppliant for money to be wired to them.