Urgent Threats

A frantic email sidles its way into my inbox:

I know this might come as a suprise to you,but I made a quick trip to Madrid in Spain and was attacked by thieves.My bag,valuables,credit cards and passport were stolen.The embassy has cooperated by issuing a temporary passport.I need funds to settle outstanding hotel bills,ticket and other expenses.

To be honest,i don't have money with me at the moment. I've made contact with my bank but the best they could do was to send me a new card by post which will take 2-4 working days to arrive here. I need you to lend me some Money to sort my self out of this predicament, i will pay back once i get this over with because i need to make a last minute flight.

Western Union or MoneyGram is the fastest option to wire funds to me. Let me know if you need my details(Full names/location) to effect a transfer. You can reach me via hotel's desk phone and the number is, +34 ...

Best regards,

Note to scam artists: try to make sure that your mark has actually heard of the person you are impersonating. In this case, I had to websearch them, and only then vaguely recognized their name as someone else distantly in the CS biz. I suppose you could argue that this is just a scattershot approach aiming to hit someone who will fall for it, but the problem is, like the traditional 419 scams, at some point even the dumbest user will start to twig that there must be something up when they received dozens of advanced fee fraud solicitations.

On the plus side, at least the country code matches the content of the message, and the from: address looks somewhat plausible.

On the minus side, one day someone is going to get robbed in a foreign country and need their friends to wire them some money, and no one will believe them.