No matter how much warning circulates about email scammers, still more continues to surface.
On July 30, one of our staff members received what purported to be a urgent plea from a brother who lives in Tucson, AZ. Using his correct name and email address, it claimed he was visiting Spain, where he’d misplaced his wallet. He requested that his sister immediately forward 2,000 Euros, so he could get back home. She saw through the ruse, and did not comply. She then discovered that unless someone actually sends money to these scammers, most law enforcement agencies won’t even investigate such cases. Their advice: “First contact the relative in question, then delete the email.”
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent