FBI Warning About "I'm Stranded" Scam

The FBI is now warning people about a scam that tries to dupe people out of money when they think they are helping a friend.

This scam starts when a hacker gets control of an email account and starts writing people in the address book. They send emails, saying they are stranded in London, or another overseas location, and that they need money right away. The hacker, posing as the person whose email account they are using, claims to have been robbed of their money, passport and cell phone.

The email uses a sense of urgency to entice the victim to not validate the claim but just wire the money.


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  • by wowzers on Aug 20, 2010 at 08:07 PM
    I received this in my mailbox a few days ago Hello! I'm sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling... am presently in London, on short vacation and as i write to you now.. its unbelievable am stuck here,got mugged at gun point on my way to the hotel and my money,credit cards,phone and other valuable things were taken off me at gun point, thanking Almighty God for save keeping my passport., ireally need your urgent assistance quickly ? I JUST NEED SOME FEW HUNDREDS $$$ TO SORT OUT MY HOTEL BILLS AND i promise to refund it back to you once i get home cause i still have some cash in my account but i cant access any here right now ,already canceled all my cards immediately after the muggers took my things off me!!! still at the public internet library where am making use of the free internet access, i will forever be grateful if you can help me,Waiting to hear from you quickly cos my flight leaves in few hrs but need to sort the hotel bills and please save me from been embarrassed
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jul 9, 2010 at 02:20 AM
    I have to agree. While sometimes a virus can still get through, you have to take responsibility for doing what you're supposed to. I'm amazed that so many people still end up handing over the keys to their life through sheer stupidity. I mean, one of my email addresses is the very first one I ever had in 1997. While it is my junker, full of spam and such (used for forms, market cards, bills, etc.), it has never been hacked - and neither have any of my others. I also tend not to keep bunches of people in email address books, and I never ever put personal info like ph. numbers or addresses in (mine or theirs either one) such a system. There's just nothing anyone could use in there. Now Facebook... they have issues. Don't trust that system as far as I could throw it.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jul 6, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Now come on people; we all know who our contacts/address book people are. Only PC illiterate folk would believe a scam. People! You have a responsibility with a computer; It is not just a pretty thingy in your home office. You must learn basic computer functions, learn how to perform basic PC maintenance, install a store-purchased anti-virus program and read the manuals for all your software; also keep up with your services/updates. A computer does not run by it's self, and it requires maintenance just like any other piece of equipment. You have no one to blame but yourselves, if you are lazy on these issues! Local community colleges teach basic computer classes for anyone. Sorry, but I have no sympathy for people who do not use common sense. Oh, before you bash me, I use this same common sense for phone telemarketers and door-to-door sales people. Use good judgement.
  • by R Location: Winton on Jul 6, 2010 at 08:05 AM
    I've received two of these emails. One through my facebook account and one through my company email. I knew it was a scam and deleted it right away!
  • by Irritated on Jul 6, 2010 at 06:08 AM
    While trying to read this news story, an ad for Lenoir Memorial Hospital popped up OVER the story. There are already TOO MANY ads on this site, and now they are popping up over the stories. Enough is enough!
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