A new twist into the old email scam books, the fraudulent scam that asks for money from unsuspecting friends and acquaintances listed in your address books. True, many have been victimized by the said ploy wherein people gain access to your address book and sending out email that solicits cash funds to be wired to a location somewhere around the world. The scam began in Africa when a journalist began receiving unexpected calls and email regarding his misfortune in the African continent where he was supposedly on vacation and stuck in a hotel without any cash funds or other form of identification.
The incident used Yahoo which the perpetrator has broken into and taken the liberty of obtaining all the names and email addresses contained in the popular email facility service’s files. These addresses were then sent fake email messages telling the unfortunate story of you getting into misfortune somewhere and that you are in dire need of cash which you are supposed to pay back as soon as you return from the said trip ending the ordeal. It is a fake emergency message though and there have been many reports of similar cases happening using all the email services around. How the thieves got into the address book getting the necessary information is still a mystery and the guy who reported it first (who happens to be in the journalism business) had to go through a long process of getting all the account information from yahoo through phone after a lengthy conversation to prove that he was actually who he claimed to be. So, people be alert for the said scam and be sure to verify all incidents with the senders as well as alert all members of the family and your friends of such crazy behavior.