Lawyer abroad “loses” all credit cards and money
A New Zealand lawyer has fallen victim to a scam which involved hacking into his gmail account (achieved by sending him an email “from Google” which asked him for account details, threatening account closure if he did not respond within 72 hours). The account was then used to send the following email to over 1,000 recipients:
I hope everything is fine?. I'm so sorry for not telling you about my urgent trip to Wolverhampton.I'm Presently In England, I will be glad if I could confide in you and I want this issue to be confidential between You and I because I don't want people to get worried about my situation. I'm in Wolverhampton (England) to complete a project, but am having some difficulties. It has been a very sad moment for me over here and my present situation is very hard for me to explain.
I lost my belongings including wallet, mobile phone and some valuables on my way to the hotel. I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library (and I only have 15mins in every 2hours to access my email from here), I had to block my account and my bank cards immediately the incident happened.I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me to clear my Hotel bill and other expenses. Please I will like you to assist me with a loan of $3,000.USD which is approximately £2,000.GPB or any amount you could afford to sort-out my hotel bills first and to get myself back home. I have reported the case to the embassy here and they are going through the necessary procedures but I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me with and I'll refund you the money as soon as I return.
I await your reply immediately so I can email you the needful details to send the transfer for me.
[This was followed by the name of the lawyer and details of his law firm, its address, phone and fax numbers].