A classic scam went electronic, and you have probably seen some version: you receive an e-mail, IM, social networking message, etc. from a friend who is far away, has had his wallet stolen, and needs you to send him some money. Of course, your friend is not in Istanbul, and he would be surprised to learn that he has e-mailed everyone in his address book.
“Everyone” was driven home this morning when an out-of-state high school (not a high schooler, the school’s business address) e-mailed our state police criminal background check address asking if we could help it get back from Scotland. The Academy was on a trip when its bag was stolen, and wouldn’t you know it, its passport was in that bag, and it needs to pay for the hotel and the flight home.
On behalf of a records help address, we have heard your personal appeal from a generic business address, and our heart goes out to your difficulties overseas.