Your Friend Got Robbed

How the scam works:

If you have not yet received an email similar to the one we are about to tell you about, you probably will, so be aware.

Scammers hack into email accounts and send a message to all the contacts in the address book:

"Hi Dear, just writing to let you know my unexpected trip to London has been a mess. I was having a great time until last night, when I got mugged and lost all my cash, credit card, cell phone, and wallet. It has been a scary experience; I was hit with a club. Thank God I am alive. I need your help. I need you to loan me some money, I'll refund it to you as soon as I arrive home. Write me back so I can tell you how to get it to me".

Seeing the email comes from your friend, you might believe it, depending on how much you know about their whereabouts.

How to avoid:

Your friend is well, don’t worry. Never wire money after receiving emails like this.

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Selma HrynchukSenior Editor at Scam Detector Media, Selma is a fraud prevention specialist with a wealth of experience in private investigations and collaborations with law enforcement. A captivating public speaker, Selma educates audiences about scams and personal safety. Through her insightful writing, she exposes criminals and shares essential tips for staying secure. Selma is a dedicated guardian against fraud, committed to unmasking deception and promoting integrity.

2 thoughts on “Your Friend Got Robbed”

  1. Chris Meadowcroft

    Identical message received today from a client, ( John). Wanting £2,850 to help him. As Donetsk is in the middle of a war zone, I really doubt any sane person would be taking a short holiday there!

  2. I just got one as well (from my friend ‘George’), with the Subject: "Terrible Experience". It comes from Ukraine too!! Here it is:


    I’m writing this with tears in my eyes, My family and I came down here to Donetsk,Ukraine on a short holiday unfortunately we got mugged at the hotel park where we stayed,all cash,wallet,credit card and phones were taken away,but luckily for us we still have our passport back in our hotel room…We’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight is leaving in a couple hours time from now but we’re having problems settling our hotel bills.

    We’re very sorry if we are inconveniencing you, but we have only very few people to run to now. We will be indeed very grateful if we can get a quick loan of ($2,850 USD) from you. this will enable us sort our hotel bills and get our sorry self back home. We will appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting us with via money gram. We promise to refund it in full as soon as we return. let us know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let us know soonest. Thanks so much.




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