Vacation Theft/Robbery Scam

Below is a copy of a letter that you may receive from someone in your E-Mail contact list or so you think. It may look like it is coming from that person, but try clicking on the E-Mail address or reply button and see what the actual E-Mail address is, it won’t match up. Try and contact family members of the people emailing you and confirm if there are any issues. This example was sent to us from one of our community members in an effort to prevent others from being scammed. Community Policing at its finest!

(Watch for grammatical errors as well!)

“Hello,

I Hope you get this on time, My family and i made a trip to Turkey and had Our bags stolen from us with Our Mobile and personal effects therein. The embassy has been helpful but We have to pay for a ticket and settle Our hotel bills with the Manager.

We have made contact with our bank but it would take 3-5 working days to access funds in our account, the bad news is Our flight will be leaving very soon but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills, We need your help/LOAN financially and we promise to make the refund once we get back home, you are our last resort and hope, Please let me know if We can count on you and I need you to keep checking your email because it’s the only way I can reach you.

All hopes on you.

DOUG,”

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