Who Falls For This?

I just got an email from a guy I used to work with on Inside Space. Well, it says it’s from him. It’s not.

I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Philippines for Tour.. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had.

I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you (1,930USD) ? this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.

Who hasn’t taken an ‘impromptu’ trip to the Philippines?

The scammers are using their best English, but it’s not American English. That’s the tipoff. Sniffing these crooks out would be much more difficult if they were US based.

Emails like this go out by the thousands every day! Who falls for them? Obviously someone, or they’d just dry up.

It would make me sad to find out someone got scammed trying to help a friend.