I have tears in my eyes. Please help us leave Manila
This cynical scam has been used before in different versions (see here). The message below was sent to a number of New Zealand lawyers from another (genuine) New Zealand lawyer. It has a genuine Xtra email address and appears to use the lawyer’s real email signature. Such a scam is often the result of a legitimate email account being hacked by a scammer. However, it is a forgery which preys upon the willingness of people to provide quick assistance to someone they know.
If the sender is known to you, consider contacting them by another means (such as a cellphone) to let them know that their email account may have been compromised.
I am writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to Manila,Philippine with my Family for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged and robbed at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our lives and passport saved .
We've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in less than 5hrs from now but we are having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills about ($2,150 NZD) Can you help us out,Get back to immediately to let you know the easiest way to get the fund to us or How much can you help with?
We are freaked out at the moment.
[Genuine name and contact details]
Last updated on the 26th June 2012