I received yesterday an email
allegedly from a fellow cruiser asking me for money
. It is nothing but a hoax. The "Nigerian" uses my cruiser's friend full name and boat name and had set up an email
address in his name too. Pretty smart so far, but the email itself is not. Who the heck writes like that?
It is titled "Emergency Help!" and goes as follows:
How are you doing hope you are keeping fine? I do hope that you receive this email in good health
. I am presently in United Kingdom to be with my ill Cousin . She's suffering from a critical uterine fibroid and must undergo a hysterectomy surgery to save her life, am deeply sorry for not writing or calling you before leaving but the news of her illness arrived to me as an emergency
and that she needs family
support to keep her going, I hope you understand my plight and pardon me.
I want to transfer her back home to have the surgery implemented there because hysterectomy surgery is very expensive here, Am wondering if you can be of any assistance to me, I need about $2,500 to make the necessary arrangement, I traveled with little money
due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I'll surely pay you back once I get back home, I need to get her home ASAP because she is going through a lot of pain at the moment and the doctor have advised that it necessary that the tumor is operated soon to avoid anything from going wrong. I'll reimburse you at my return.
Anticipating your reply at the earliest to my request!!!
Real name of my friend
s/v his boat's real name"