The Daily Spam Report 11/5: “Sad news”

helpOn a break from college one summer, my childhood best friends and I created a scale on the types of friendships. This was done while watching and listening to the waves crash along the shore of Lake Michigan, so it was likely a lot deeper a thought process than I’m normally prone to.

The premise was that you get a late-night phone call from a friend needing a ride home. In each case, you gave them a ride, but here are the nuances.

You roll out of bed, no questions asked, for the first and best type of friend. A second type thought might generate a couple thoughts of “why’d they call me?” The third type of friend would bring grumbling and internal complaining about having to go bail this person out.

We concluded you’re lucky in life if you have a handful of that first type of friends; those who are there for you no matter what and you reciprocate in kind.

That brings me to an email sent to me last week from Greg and Sandra. It was sent to them from Brian Doyle whose family was on vacation in the Philippines when they were robbed of their money, credit cards and phones. Brian was asking Greg and Sandra for help paying their bills in Manila like for a cab ride to the airport to get back home. He promised to repay them “in full” as soon as he got back home.

On its face, this is innocuous enough with a slight problem being the sender’s email address is different than the one they were being asked to respond to, but that could be written off to a typo.

However, Greg and Sandra’s biggest problem here is not the money nor the concept of helping a friend, it’s that they’ve never heard of Brian Doyle before. Who knows how this scammer got their email address, but they did.

So the moral of today’s spam report is: don’t send thousands of dollars to the Philippines to help someone you’ve never met or heard of just to be nice. Paying it forward is nice, but this would be paying a scammer.

Thanks Greg and Sandra for sharing. Have a great day.


From: “Brian Daley” <>
Date: October 28, 2013 at 3:07:29 PM CDT
To: Greg and Sandra
Subject: Sad News…


I am sorry for reaching you rather too late due to the situation of things right now. My family and I had a trip visiting (Manila Philippines), everything was going on fine until last night when we got attacked by some unknown gunmen. All our money,phones and credit cards was stolen away including some valuable items, It was a terrible experience but the good thing is they didn’t hurt anyone or made away with our passports.

We have reported the incident to the local authorities and the consulate but their response was too casual, we were ask to come back in 2weeks time for investigations to be made proper,But the truth is we can’t wait till then as we have just got our return flight booked and is leaving in few hours from now but presently having problems sorting out our bills here and also getting a cab down to the airport, Right now we’re financially strapped due to the unexpected robbery attack, Wondering if you can help us with a quick loan to sort our bills and get back home. All we need is ($2,550.00 USD ) or anything you can afford, I promise to refund you in full as soon as I return hopefully tomorrow or next. write back now to let me know what you can do.

Thank You

Brian Daley