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No, neighbor Natachia Taylor isn’t stuck in London and doesn’t need your help.  It’s an e-mail scam that apparently has hit more than one person in Rancho Murieta in the last 24 hours.

An e-mail, supposedly from Taylor, arrived at RM.com overnight.  Its message:

My Horrible Experience!!!

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down here to London, United Kingdom for a  short vacation unfortunately i was mugged at the park of my way to hotel where i stayed, all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off me but luckily for me i still have my passports with me.

I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and my flight  leaves in less than 3hrs from now but am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel  manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills,

I'm freaked out at the moment

Natachia

And then came another note to RM.com from another neighbor, an almost identical message, only this Murietan was supposed to be elsewhere in the United Kingdom after getting mugged.

Taylor confirmed that she’s here in Murieta in a phone conversation Friday morning.  She said her Yahoo mail account was now locked up and she couldn’t even send out a note to her e-mail list to warn them of the scam and ask them to not respond.

So what happened?

It appears that an online scammer obtained Taylor’s e-mail list -- it’s not known how -- and sent out the mass note in hopes of finding a sucker.  The scammer’s hope is that a friend will respond and be willing to wire money.

This scam has been around for a while (neighbor Beth Buderus reported in the Forums on a similar scam last December).

What can you do?  The federal government has a web site with a lot of useful information and suggestions about your online security.  It's http://www.onguardonline.gov/
 


Jude Gaither's picture
Joined: 08/07/2007
Posts: 94
Post rating: 57

scam

I got it also - from a different person, but stuck in Wales, UK.

Jude Gaither

Jacque Villa's picture
Joined: 07/11/2009
Posts: 538
Post rating: 696

Scam

This week a couple of RM residents came into the Sac Sheriff Safety Center here in RM. They had a letter and a check from (supposedly) Publishers Clearing House.  The check was quite large.  If you received such a letter or any other type, contact the Sheriff Safety Center here in RM.  We have forms for you to fill out and send the information to the authorities.  We will make copies of the letter and check for you to keep.  DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CASH OR DEPOSIT THE CHECK INTO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT!!!.

 

Sac Sheriff Safety Center VIPS

354-8509   354-8511 

If no one answers, please leave a message with your name and phone number.

Bob Lucas's picture
Joined: 01/05/2010
Posts: 19
Post rating: 39

Refer Them to the Nigerian Ministry

I understand there is a Nigerian minister or two who is looking to unload some cash.  Maybe they can be of assistance to our intrepid friends stranded in the UK!! 

Jerry Pasek's picture
Joined: 12/13/2007
Posts: 135
Post rating: 191

Scam

Jerry Pasek

About a month ago, I got hit with this request for assistance from an old neighbor. I sent him an e mail (to his last known e mail address) and a response came back indicating he was still having problems. (somehow they captured his address and intercepted things going to him). I still suspected a scam so I asked him to name my kids and where he thought they lived. He would have known this info  but it solved the scam as no further contact was ever made. Message is, ask the folks for information they would likely know but isn't readily available for scam artists.

Jerry Pasek

Lisa Taylor's picture
Joined: 01/09/2008
Posts: 365
Post rating: 30

Grandparents scam

My folks were hit with the "grandparent scam" a couple of times.  Good thing they were too smart for it, but initially it startled them and it was very realistic.

 

They had a call from one of their "grandsons", how he was in jail in Canada, and didn't quite sound like himself because he had been in a fight.  Seemed a bit unbelievable, but they had the names, and were very convincing.  Anyone that has a grandkid of a certain age that might be prone to do stupid things, might fall for that.  They wanted money wired so he could get out of jail, "please don't tell Mom, she'll be so mad", etc.

 

When they called back to get the verification number for the wired money, my folks had the real grandson answer the phone

Andy Keyes's picture
Joined: 08/22/2007
Posts: 289
Post rating: 120

Scam Phone Call

My in-laws received a phone call from an area hospital, in the middle of the night, informing them their son had been in a car accident. The hospital was calling them because his wife wasn't able to. For some reason they called the hospital back and were informed this wasn't true and they confirmed he was okay by calling his home, and he answered the phone. They reported the incident to the police and were told that this was not unusual, and when they were gone their home would have been robbed. Networking to keep all of us alert to these scams will help innocent families from not being hurt. Thanks to all who have shared thier information.

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