MUGGED IN CARDIFF, WALES
This is story about email spam. I, the webmaster for this site, experienced/received the most believable email on December, 30, 2010. The email looked like it came from shipmate, Jane Doe, whom he has been communicating with for a couple years. (Names will be changed). The email was worded just as the shipmate would write. Jane used "hotmail.com".
Hotmail.com:Hotmail service is free to anyone who wishes to use it and it has become one of the most popular free web based e-mail services on the internet. This is due largely to its large storage space and extra features like POP3 access and chat. Of course, Hotmail is also very attractive to cyber stalkers and like other web based e-mail services, is popular among those who use e-mail to send uninvited harassing or annoying messages to others.
This means that somebody has been reading Jane's email and who she has been talking to, like me.
The 1st email:
John and Jane Doe [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
writing this with tears in
my eyes,my family and I came down here to (Cardiff Wales) United
Kingdom, for a
short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel
stayed, all cash, credit cards and cell were stolen off us but luckily
for us we
still have our passports with John was beaten up by the mugger because
wanted to protect us.
At this point I kind of wondered why she would ask me for help. I call Jane's home, no answer. I called her mother, no answer.
So I actually replied:
How come you didn't ask your mother in Wisconsin?
The 2nd email:
Glad you replied back, We have nothing left on us right now and we're lucky to have our life and passports with us it would have been worse if they had made away with our passports. Don’t have access to our phones since it got lost to the muggers, we are literally stranded out here and need your help to get back home. Well all we need now is just $2,300 you can have it wired to my name via Western Union i'll have to show my passport as ID to pick it up here and i promise to pay you back as soon as we get back home. Here's my info below.
City: Cardiff Wales.
Postal Code: HP11 2JZ
Country: United Kingdom.
Well - here I knew it was a scam. So, seeing that postal code, I thought maybe we could catch them - well guess again.
I emailed the police in Wales, British Islands. I found they speak in two languages there, Welsh and English.
'Cardiff@south-wales.pnn.police.uk' 12-30-2010 8:44 a.m. PST
have received an email – supposedly from John and Jane Doe, U.S.
Citizens from Illinois – asking for help because they had
been robbed. I Included both email contents from spamer and
Included both email contents from spamer and thereplie –what about your mother?
Police Eastern BCU;
Cardiff Bay Police Station / James Street, Cardiff Bay 12-31-2010 12:05 a.m PST
Thank you for your e-mail, I have forwarded it for the attention of our Contact Management Centre.
Contact Management Centre, 12-31-2010 5:35 a.m. PST
101 House Oaktree Court Cardiff Gate Business Park Cardiff CF23 8RS
Dear Mr Bouwman
Thank you for your recent E Mail.
As you seem to have identified this is a scam attempting to defraud you of money. Fortunately you have not fallen for this and not become the victim of a crime.
are normally know as 419 frauds which can be referenced via the
internet and often come from
details of the
As stated, fortunately you have not become a victim of this scam, but from a South Wales Police point of view there are no further enquiries which we can make into the matter, and our advice to not to enter into any further communication with these persons.
King regards for a Happy New Year
Gaynor Edwards A/PS 4545
Cysylltiadau, Ty 101 Cwrt y Dderwen Parc Busnes Porth, Caerdydd,
: 029 20222111 Ext/Est
Moral of the
story: DON'T CONTACT THE POLICE UNLESS YOU HAVE SOMETHING THEY