Scams

Got this possible “phishing” email from “someone” I have spoken to in like 7 years. Looks suspicious. I lacked some personal touch. And it played up the “cancer” and “COVID” angle. What think you?

“Glad to hear from you. I really need to get an (Google play gift cards) for a friend who is a cancer patient. I promised her an (Google play gift cards) as a birthday gift but I cannot do this right now because we travelled for a friend’s burial who lost her life to Coronavirus(covid19). I tried purchasing it online but unfortunately all effort to no avail. Wondering if you could get it from any store around you ? I’ll pay back asap.

Kindly let me know if you can handle this.”


The content was posted by bernd1968 on 2020-09-21 04:59:22 via reddit

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5 Comments

  1. Ah, I see it’s even got a “kindly”, the adverb of choice for scammers everywhere.

  2. Notice how “she” never actually gives a reason as to why she can’t? At first you think they just doesn’t have the money, then they say they tried but couldn’t… Okay, if that’s the case, send me the money up front 🤷🏼‍♀️

    Either she got hacked, or someone spoofed her email.

  3. After thinking about this… one big clue is that the main body of the text contains no personal info like, names or places. A real message from this person would be like “George’s health is worse and we miss the shop we owned”. Something like that. The scam text is TOO GENERIC.

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