Monday, April 26, 2010

Am I Being Scammed??!

This morning, I received an alarming mail from a Director friend I did some work for last year. The subject read ‘SAD NEWS…’ and here is the body:

Time: 00:44 am

Hey……(not addressed to anyone)

I am caught up in a real mess and i need your help. I'm sorry I didn't inform you about my trip ,I had a trip to the London,United Kingdom and a bizarre thing happened to me.I was mugged at gun point last night, the muggers carted away with all my belongings excluded my passport.Cell,c-card,cash and some important documents are all gone. I was able to make contact with the Uk Police and i was directed to the Embassy, but they seems to be taking things too slow.
I need your help so urgently.. My flight leaves pretty soon but i am having problems sorting out the hotel bills and also need getting my ticket straightened out. I need your help. I need a quick loan to get things fixed out here, I promise to refund as soon as i get back home.. please reply asap. so i can tell what to do and how to get the money to me..
Hope to read from you soon..

So I immediately responded saying:

Time: 10:42 am

Hi ……,

I'm soooo sorry about what happened!! Hope you're fine....I just saw ur mail right now.

Pls lemme know how I can help!!


Shortly after, I receive a response:

Time: 11:19am

Thanks for the mail.. i feel so glad to hear from you, you given me a lot of hope..the muggers stole eerything from
me and i dont have any access to a phone so amin a local library where i have acess to a computer, i need a quick
loan to get
things fixed out here.. i need $1500 to get things fixed out here promise to refund when i am back home... do you
know how to get the money to me? you can have the Money wired to me via Western Union is safe and convenient.. here is the details you need to get the money wired to me.. you should have the money wired on my name and present
here is the details...
Name : …….
City: Buckinghamshire.
Postal Code: HP11 2JZ
Country: United Kingdom
once you are done mail me with the westernunion details and the confirmation numbers.

At this point, I got quite suspicious. The mail was a little too impersonal. This guy and I, even though ours is a working relationship, play and joke a lot. He’s a very playful and funny person. He also calls me ‘Madam’.

So then I try calling his phone here in Lagos, and it’s turned off. I’m thinking of going to his house to check also.

But I want to get your opinion….AM I BEING SCAMMED??!!


  1. To me the content of the mail is all about financial assistance, so beware. tanx.

  2. Yes you are! And big time too!

  3. U r definately bein scammed except u wanna be moda christn dash out 1500 u can send d guy a mail n tell him dat u know someone in jand n d guy would get in touch wit him n help wit his ticket n also go to d hotel n sort out his bills let's hear wot he'l say

  4. SCAM!!!
    Lol... !!!

  5. uh...i would think just sounds tooo easy, too smooth....e easy to see $
    Just be careful girl...u aint the philanthropist

  6. not a scam but could be.

  7. Babe!!! Its a SCAM. No Apologies.

  8. LMAO!!!!! Obvious Scam darling!

  9. scam scam scam
    i still think u should go to his house and inform him
    because he need sto know someone is accessing his mail or using his name to scam people so he can inform members of his family and friends

  10. Are you from MARS? this is the latest format in town!What you need to do is try to contact your director pal and inform him that his email has been hacked cos i bet you you were not the only one that email was sent to from his account and some oda peeps might be on their way to the bank to pay the money!
    Mugu like u! LOL

  11. They'd done that to me before - hacked into my mail account and sent e-mails to all my contacts, including my Chairman and MD. Just alert your friend so he could quickly change his password.

  12. Yep!! I've spoken to him and now know that it was a SCAM!! My goodness...people actually fall victims of these every other day?!!