We're writing this with tears.My family and i made a quick trip to Madrid Spain on a short vacation and we got mugged at the park of hotel where we stayed. Worse of it was that our bags, cash and credit cards were all stolen at GUNPOINT leaving us penniless right now.It's was a horrible experience for us and we need help flying back home,the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is that we still have our passports. we need some cash to settle our bills and get on flight back home. please let us know if you can help.We're freaked out at the moment..[name of victim and his wife]
Now, I know for a fact this friend is perfectly well and sitting at home on the other side of the world. There's no possible way this email is true. It's the work of someone resourceful attempting to trick my friend's friends into sending money under false pretenses. It's fraud. Very serious and disturbing fraud.
It's not as bad fraud as claiming to be the earthly head of Christ's church, but it's fraud nonetheless.