In ‘phishing’ scams, your friends get lost

A stolen bag. Lost cash. A missing passport.

It had all the hallmarks of a trip from hell. And the e-mail, which ostensibly came from a reader I had corresponded with back in 2008, seemed equally genuine. “I really don’t mean to inconvenience you right now,” he wrote. But he was stuck in London. Would I be willing to wire him $940 so he could get home?

Only it wasn’t real.
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