Your friend did not lose their wallet and they do not need money!
Have you gotten a desperate email, text, IM or phone call from a friend or family member who needs money?
They usually say "I lost my wallet" and "I am traveling" and naturally "I need money" as well.
Their request may sounds legitimate. You may get really worried. Stop!
Don't fall for it. Don't send money! It is probably another scam.
Who is Affected
Rich people. Poor people. Famous people. Sexologists. UK Politician Jack Straw...
Web-based email sites like Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail are all susceptible. Facebook and other social networking sites too.
How the Phisher/Hacker/Scammer Works
What You Can Do
1) Call your friend (don't reply to the email!)
2) Tell them their email was hacked and suggest they do the following:
a) reset or close their account
b) warn and apologize to everyone in their address book
c) notify their email company
d) only use secure passwords
3) Tell your friend that their password was probably not safe. This resulted in a scammer getting access to all the emails and addresses in their email account. Ouch! Now your friend and everyone in their address book is more susceptible to identity theft.
4) Use a browser such as Mozilla Firefox with antiphishing features. It can warn you about bogus sites.
5) Use email software such as Mozilla Thunderbird with antiphishing features. It can warn you about bogus emails.
6) Run antimalware or antispyware software and keep it updated
7) Verify ANY requests for MONEY
Sample Scam Email
Hope you get this on time,sorry I didn't inform you about my trip in Scotland for a Program, I'm presently in Scotland 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. presently i have limited access to internet,I will like you to assist me with theloan of $ 2500 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.