Email Scammers are Getting More Clever
I got one of those “request from a friend” emails today. It’s easy to ignore the Nigerian Prince and his family, as well as the garbled weblink. This one started off sounding more like a genuine person.
I wasn’t asked outright to send $1200 for a cousin’s kidney transplant in Italy. I see an email along the lines of “can I ask you a favor?” coming from someone I do business with back in my old town. I reply with “Sure” thinking it’s a business related request, maybe something about an upcoming event. Then I get the email about the sick cousin.
Being cautious I respond that I have no money to donate, seeing I’m still unemployed and the work I do for this organization we’re both involved with is pro bono. Also suggested crowdfunding options seeing that I’m a social media manager. Got another reply with “any amount helps.”
Reached out to a mutual contact for corroboration, person in question is not in Italy. Word is now out to the rest of that network that any messages from said artist asking for money are a scam.