Email scam attempt, using Orly Taitz: Send money!

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UPDATE: A Twitter pal, hora_del_cafe, just informed me that this is not from the Birther Queen herself. "I've seen this e-mail... with her name attached before." Blog title has been edited, and I tweeted Ben Smith, who acknowledged with thanks.

UPDATE, via a tweet from Ben: "No - this is her real email address. So she's victim of scam, but it is from her real email.."

Original post:

Ben Smith posted the entire email from birther/dentist/attorney Orly Taitz, titling his piece "Dept. of online scams." Here are a few key phrases I pulled:

  • ... in Madrid and am having some difficulties here because i [sic] misplaced my wallet...
  • I want you to assist me with a loan...
  • ... sort-out my hotel bills...
  • I'll Refund the money back to you as soon as i return...
  • I don't have a phone where i can be reached.

Sound familiar?

Via Scambusters.org:

Are you frustrated and overwhelmed by of all of the scams, spam and other junk you see every day on the Internet and in your email box? Do you wish you had a way to know -- for sure -- what's real and what's not? If so, you've come to the right place.

Via the FBI:

Claims of Being Stranded Swindle Consumers Out of Thousands of Dollars

07/01/10—The IC3 continues to receive reports of individuals' e-mail or social networking accounts being compromised and used in a social engineering scam to swindle consumers out of thousands of dollars. Portraying to be the victim, the hacker uses the victim's account to send a notice to their contacts. The notice claims the victim is in immediate need of money due to being robbed of their credit cards, passport, money, and cell phone; leaving them stranded in London or some other location. Some claim they only have a few days to pay their hotel bill and promise to reimburse upon their return home. A sense of urgency to help their friend/contact may cause the recipient to fail to validate the claim, increasing the likelihood of them falling for this scam.

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  • Gindy52

    I got one of these a few weeks ago. Stupid thing is, the email had NO place to send the money. Talk about your dumb assed hackers. Since the FBI says people are falling for this, maybe they got smarter and put some account numbers up. The person I know who was hacked said her IT guy blamed some morons in Nigeria for it. At least that was what he came up with when he analyzed the email.

  • http://twitter.com/BoomerJack Jack M. Boardman

    I received a similar scam message from a distant cousin "stuck in England" after having "driven down to London." She needed "X USDollars" to get home. Still...it would be hilarious if it were true and not a scam.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    LOL, I updated. I only just got that info. Ben Smith has been alerted and
    has acknowledged. I got the piece from him.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GELCBWDWCGV4Q2AAPS44ERKWOI DSG

    Mike's right. Damn you, Laffy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Carvalho/500465930 Mike Carvalho

    This has nothing to do with her, she's being impersonated. Good lord, you just made me defend Orly Taitz.