Sometime this morning, Thursday, June 19th, Frank Gormlie’s email was hacked. Dozens of his email contacts received that all-too-familiar message these days – ‘help, I’m in London (or wherever) lost my wallet, please send money’. This has happened before to Gormlie – and many others.
The simple remedy is just to change passwords, which Gormlie has done – again.
But an email went out saying Gormlie is stuck in the Ukraine and needs $2 grand plus to get out of his jam.
Here is the actual email – from his account:
I really hope you get this quickly. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Ukraine for Tour.. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a short term loan from you ($2,580). this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.
Thanks so much
This scam has occurred to many people we know, often folks with fairly active email accounts, like Gormlie.
But Frank would like to let everyone know, he told the staff this morning with a little tongue in his cheek:
“Hey, no, I’m not in the Ukraine – still here in OB and San Diego and Lemon Grove – but hey, I still need money … for the OB Rag, so c’mon, send it.”