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In my in-box today … Does this con actually work? Have you heard of anyone falling for it? Really?

Its me Mike I really don’t mean to inconvenience you right now, I made a little trip to UK and I misplaced my passport and credit cards,please I know this may sound odd, but it all happened very fast. I need to get a new passport, and get on the next available flight home. I’ve been to the US embassy, they’re willing to help, but I’m out of cash and I have minimum access from here. Can you loan me some money and I’ll be willing to repay you as soon as I get home.

Please reply as soon as you get this message, so I can forward the details as to where to send the funds, you can try reaching me on this number for now, +447024035615 or 011447024035615, I also have an ID to pick the funds up if sent via western union through walmart, or money Gramm through walmart i will be waiting for your responses

Mike [snip]

Seems pretty thin to me.

According to this Daily Telegraph article Britons receive more than 420,000 scam emails every hour.

Every seven seconds someone is conned out of money – an average of £285 per person.

Crikey! What does that tell us?