Thank goodness for literate friends. Although we do have this friend away on vacation now, she couldn't possibly have written this message:
Did you get my previous message,I sent you an email some hours ago, I had traveled to Uk for a school seminar, Unfortunately for me all my money was stolen at the hotel where I lodged, I am so confused right now, I don't know what to do or where to go,I didn't bring my phone here, I have access to only emails,Please can you send me $1500 today through western union so I can return home , As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately,Here is the information you need to send the money to me.
Location/Address: 28, Vauxhall Rd , Boston Lincolnshire , PE21 0JB ,UNITED KINGDOM.
As soon as you send the money please scan and send me a copy of the western union receipt or you just send me the mtcn number and the senders full information used when sending the money. I would be waiting.
The address is a pub in the UK. The email was sent to a hijacked yahoo address book, and the reply was to go to a lookalike version of the friend's email. (An extra letter was added to her name to make the reply look legit.)
In addition to the poor punctuation and the too-specific school reference, the writing leaves something to be desired. If I were scamming strangers, I'd go more with something like this.
I feel like an idiot! I left all my stuff in the hotel room today and came back to find everything gone — wallet, cell phone, laptop, even my suitcase. Did I tell you I was going to the UK? Can't remember. Anyway, I'm sitting in the hotel lobby sending this out because I don't know what else to do. I can access email and that's it.
I wouldn't ask this except that I am totally at a loss here. Is there any chance you could wire me some money? I still have a few days in the UK, and was supposed to be in London tomorrow, but with no credit cards, there's no chance of getting there or into my hotel. Even tickets are gone and am not sure if I have to rebook. Is $1500 too much to ask? I can pay you back as soon as I get home.
Best thing, they tell me, is to wire via Western Union here: 28, Vauxhall Rd , Boston Lincolnshire , PE21 0JB ,UNITED KINGDOM. Since I've got no ID, I'll need the Money Transfer Control Number to get the funds, so please email it to me here.
Thanks, I owe you big time.
I'll be very interested to hear from our friend when she gets back in the U.S.