03-31-2014...Beware of Ukraine Email Scam
With the events in the Ukraine region making daily news, it is no surprise that scammers are using the attention in an effort to take money from unsuspecting people. In this scheme, a scammer is able to obtain contact information from a person's email account. The scammer then sends emails to people within the person's contact list and asks them for money for various reasons. To the unaware, the email appears to be from a friend. An actual email used in this scheme follows:
I hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Lviv(Ukraine) and had my bag stolen from me with my mobile phone and personal effects therein. The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager. I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon and but i am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills, i only have access to the internet. I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once i get back home, you are my last resort and hope, Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because it's the only way i can reach you.
As a rule of thumb, you should avoid sending money to anyone who claims to be "stranded" in a foreign country. A few phone calls to mutual friends or other relatives can often verify the whereabouts of the people in question. If you receive an email or phone call from someone who wants money because the person is stranded in a foreign country, contact the Fairfield Police Department at (513) 829-8201 before you send any money.