|Fake email from known friend asking for money||JF_DC||7/21/11 7:12 AM|
This morning my spouse and I received the same email from a friend's gmail account, saying they had their money and credit cards stolen in London. It contained bad syntax (the giveaway) but was otherwise very deceptive, providing a hotel phone number to call and asking that money be sent via Western Union. The signature of the email lists not only the friend's name but accurately lists their employer's name.
As others have commented, we find it very frustrating that Gmail support only lists URLs for federal authorities, rather than a direct Google-based authority who will immediately research and attack the problem, which seems to emanate from a Yahoo account. Is there such an address to forward these messages to, have we just missed it? Perhaps the geniuses at Google don't need our help and know about these issues before we ever do...but what if they don't? We don't want our friends getting scammed by criminals using our addresses like this, and it's reasonable that Google at least confirm they are working on it.
I've redacted our and the friend's information for privacy, but here is the rest of the email we received -- FYI I would have included the full headers but this system says that message is too long:
Date: 21 July 2011 9:14:45 AM EDT
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
[substantial header information removed from here]
X-Rocketymmf: firstname.lastname@example.org [unknown but proper email removed for privacy]
X-Mailer: YahooMailClassic/14.0.3 YahooMailWebService/0.8.112.307740
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary="0-116658780-1311254085=:86311"
|Re: Fake email from known friend asking for money||IMAW||7/29/11 3:12 AM|
Hi, I've just got exactly the same email but stating that the secretary of my sailing club has been mugged in Spain again sent "via yahoo". Spoke to Strathclyde police, they aren't interested as I actually didn't pay out any money. I've changed all settings on my email account (I cannot find evidence that somebody logged in from a different computer) and also informed the person who alledgedly has sent this email. Seems to be a larger issue on Google ? Either to discredit them or to actually do get some silly people to pay money. I wonder what they plan on doing.
I am interested to hear more about this. Here is the message that I received :
My sincere regrets for this sudden request, things actually got out of control
on my trip to Madrid,Spain . I was mugged,all my belongings including mobile
phone and credit card were all stolen at gun point. I need your help flying
Am cash strapped at the moment. I've made contact with my bank but the best
they could do was to send me a new card in the mail which will take 3-5
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 make it out of Madrid.
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 email or hotel's desk phone and the number is,+34 91 758910831.
|Re: Fake email from known friend asking for money||Sachin Indijem||8/12/11 9:49 AM|
Thank you for this notice! This notice altered me to a fraud from a very similar e-mail sent to my account. I believed it for a while - I responded and then the hacker responded as well. I realized it was a scam checking out the number and finding this site. http://makeaccountable.blogspot.com/. Interesting of them to try to add a phone number - I guess they would fake a London Hotel? (note that when you search the numbers one of the things that comes up is this Chinese website). This is the e-mail below:
My regrets for this sudden request, I have been involved in a robbery during my trip London. I got mugged and all my belongings cash, mobile phone and credit cards were all stolen at gun point. I need your help as am trying to raise some money.
Please let me know if you can assist me in anyway so i can forward you details to effect a transfer. You can reach me via email or the hotel's desk phone 08495950777
|Re: Fake email from known friend asking for money||equanelle||8/29/11 1:50 AM|
Just got one of the same - using the name and email address of a known friend.
My sincere regrets for this sudden request,i have been involved in a robbery during my trip to
Madrid,Spain.I got mugged and all my belongings including mobile phone and credit card were
all stolen.I asked my bank to cancel my cards and placehold on my account to avoid unauthorised
access. I need your help flying back home.
which will take 3-5 working days to arrive here. I need you to lend me some money to sort my self
Western union 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 canreach me via email or hotel's
desk phone and the number is,+34 9322110316.
Kind Regards (name of friend)