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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Just received in my inbox - a different take on the normal style:

 

Hello,
This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help. Few days back we made an unannounced vacation trip to London, UK. Everything was going fine until last night when we were mugged on our way back to the hotel. They stole all our cash, credit cards and cell phone but thank God we still have our lives and passport. Another shocking is that the hotel manager has been unhelpful to us for reasons I don't know.

I'm writing you from a local library cybercafe... I've reported to the police and after writing down some statements that's the last I had from them. I contacted the consulate and all I keep hearing they will get back to me. I need your help. I need you to help me out with a loan to settle my bills here so we can get back home tomorrow. I'll refund the money as soon as i get back. All i need is $1,850 USD... Let me know if you can get me the money then I tell you how to get it to me. You can reach me on the hotel messenger's cell +447924524955; his name is Kevin, been so helpful.
Thanks
Emily

Oh, should we start a Harringay Online collection for these poor people. After all, they do say they'll pay it back.....and Kevin is so helpful.

Do people really respond to these sorts of emails?

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I miss the endearing Nigerian phraseology in which these heartfelt pleas are usually couched - unless the reference to the police ('that's the last I had from them') should be 'that's the last I heard from them'. Your title, though, looks like a very plaintive rendering of the well-known Whiteman's Response after succumbing to such hard-luck stories in Sierra Leone, as I remember it: 'Wa-Wa' or 'West Africa wins again!'  Except here, Hugh, you seem to have encountered the trans-Atlantic version.

Depressingly some people do (see numberous stories on the BBC www ste). Zero cost to send them out, and you only need 1 hit out of sending a million for it to be a success.

What I dont understand is that it is in dollars, and not GBP. What exchange rate do you think they will give us?

I wonder if a call to Kevin would answer that. Now that 'd be a great sideline for HoL if we could sort the tech- live broadcast spoof response phone calls to begging emails.
I have a premium telephone number by my desk ready to give to these folk. Here is my stock reply: ''Hi call me at work so i can help you, ask for charlie''. (Enter 0900 premium porn telephone number £3.50 per minute here)
Funny she doesn`t mention the hotel name :o)
I had a similar one in January, purporting to come from a close friend, using her e.mail address, and enough of the details and backstory were close enough as to be credible. After some hasty phone calls and e.mails it proved to be fraudulent and the friend had to contact everyone on her e. mail address book to tell them she had not been mugged, ( many of her friends had been very concerned), she also had to change her e.mail address. The scammers gave a specific time and a hotel address to receive the money however when I rang the police they were unwilling to chase it up as 'no crime had been committed'.

Someone replied to one of those Nigerian scams, similar to this one.

Check it out.

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