Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Two Frequent Flyers of the Apocalypse Are on the Move!

It's happened again.

Recently, I wrote about my friend and her husband, frequent world travelers who seem to be followed (or in some cases preceded) by disaster wherever they go. As I write this, they're in Canada for the Calgary Stampede. As you know--unless you've just arrived from another planet--Calgary was hit by a major flood recently. But this time, the Frequent Flyers of the Apocalypse faced a disaster of another kind.



I found the following email in every one of my seven email accounts a couple of days ago, supposedly from her (the message is included verbatim, typos included):

Good Morning,
   I Hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Manila(Philippines) and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein. The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.
   I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon but i am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills, I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once i get back home, you are my last resort and hope, Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because it's the only way you can get to me.
  Please reply back and let me know if you will be able to loan me the cash so that i can give you the necessary details you will need to get the cash to me via western union money transfer, i promise to pay you back as soon as i get home.



Some of you may have received similar emails that appear to be from people you know in recent months. Most of you have probably heard about it on the news--a scam to get the recipients to send money to help a friend or family member in distress. Some good-hearted people will respond and send money.



In my friend's case, almost everyone who received the message recognized it for what it is. One, alarmed that she might actually be in trouble, momentarily contemplated sending money.

The mess doesn't end there, however. My friend is currently unable to read her email. She was locked out of her account and had to call her internet provider to get her password reset just to get back in. Unfortunately, when she and her husband left for Calgary, she was still unable to view the contents of her account. Whoever hacked into her account did major damage.

I'll be holding my breath until they're back home safely....
 
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16 comments:

  1. We need to send Fluffy, Destroyer of Worlds, after the hacker.

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  2. Yes! Fluffy would take care of the problem!

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  3. This happened to a friend of mine and we were tempted too, but fortunately we called her and asked if it was true.

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    1. As it happened here, I knew my friends were headed for Canada, to the Calgary Stampede, so.....

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  4. hahahahaha... I had a similar e-mail months ago, mine had more mistakes. What made it so funny was that it was "from" my x, who does make a tom of mistakes and doesn't do a great job protecting any of his accounts because he is so smart.
    Big mistake, never send a help send me money to the x-wife you dumped by message machine !
    After I laughed my self silly..........
    Anyway the oh please help me after getting beat up and our embassy couldn't help until ? ? ?
    He would never e-mail me or if he did he would never use any words like please, thank you, help and if he did send it to me I would ask if I could send money to keep him there.

    Yes ! Please send Fluffy, Destroyer of Worlds ! after them all.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. The scammer didn't realize he was sending it to you "from" your ex? Oh, there's one for World's Dumbest Criminals!

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  5. I had one of these sent from a friend a few years ago. What a pain in the *ss. But anyone who would actually take this seriously must be an .... (insert: any word for idiot). Thanks for sharing 'cause they are out there- both the senders and the people who respond to them.

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    1. Don't these morons realize we'd know where our friends and family are?

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  6. Thankfully I haven't experienced this...yet ! But no, anything that pops up that looks out of the norm gets zapped. Hackers and spammers are the worst! Your friends sure have some bad luck :)

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    1. And still they come home from all their trips in one piece!

      I had another friend--she passed away several years ago--who we always called "The Jinx." She was the living personification of Murphy's Law. Everything happened to her!

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    2. I wonder why this happens to some people? We all have bad luck from time to time, but some people..oh boy!

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  7. Oh these scammers are EVIL!! EVIL!! I read an article about someone scammed like this - unfortunately this poor woman ran a small charity helping very poor women set up businesses through weaving and embroidery and the founder's email got hacked and of course because it's a charity, people sent asap. Evil, evil,evil! :-(

    I hope your Traveller Pals have safe and calm journeys! Take care
    x

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    1. Right now, they're in Banff. When I saw the words "Rocky Mountain High" on her Facebook page, I cringed!

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