Vacation help……….. scam spam email

I received a Vacation help scam email on Friday, which was clever in it’s conception, but poor in its execution. The Vacation Help email details were:

Subject: Vacation Help……….Roy Lennon (your email won’t say Roy Lennon, it’ll be one of your friends)

From: Roy Lennon [roylennon@aol.com]

I’m writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and I came down here to Barcelona,Spain for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit card and cellphones were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.We’ve been to the embassy and the Police post here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hrs from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills.Well all i need now is just €1860, you can have it wired to my name via Western Union i’ll have to show my passport as ID to pick it up here and i promise to pay you back as soon as i get back home you can be rest assured about that.

Here’s my info below.
Receivers Name: Roy Lennon
Address: 65,Parc de Montjuïc, 08038 Barcelona,Spain

As soon as it has been done,Please kindly get back to me with the details on how you have helped me sent the money confirmation number (MTCN) and other additional information used in sending the money. Let me know if you are heading to the Western Union outlet now??.

Roy.

It’s clever, insomuch that they have actually visited the site that the email was targeted at and found the name of a friend of mine and used that as the forged email address. That’s where the clever part of the” tears in my eyes” scam stops. Roy would have used my name, would never have tears in his eyes, wouldn’t use the word vacation and who would send an email rather that phone in a situation like this? He couldn’t find a phone, but managed to find a computer with an Internet connection? Seriously?

I broke one of my own cardinal rules when dealing with spam - I answered the email and played about with this dickhead for a while. I’m not proud of it - particularly as I preach never to reply to spam, under any circumstances! Anyway, he wrote back a couple of times, spelling the Roy Lennon email address incorrectly on both occasions!

It’s a scam, so just delete it and move on with your day. One thing though - can anyone tell me how the scam-bastards would be able to pick the money up at the other end without identification?

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