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The email describes a travel nightmare: "Help! I've been robbed at gunpoint while visiting London and desperately need your assistance!" No money, no credit cards, no passport or cell phone - your friend is scared and stranded. What they need you to do is wire them some money quickly. Your instinct is to help your friend. But don't because it's probably a scam.
Fake emergency emails are being sent by scammers posing as a friend or family member. The messages come from cyber-thieves who gather contact information by either hijacking someone's email or social networking account, or by collecting the names of people who are cc:'d on mass emails. The scam message may come from an email address that looks a lot like your friend's real one.
Protect yourself from the fake emergency email scam by taking the following precautions:
Attorney General John Kroger and the Oregon Department of Justice are committed to protecting Oregon's marketplace and helping Oregon consumers. If you or someone you know has fallen victim to a fake emergency email scam, please call the Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 for assistance.
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