Sounds like Philip Mudd, a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation is having a bad day.
A number of people apparently got an e-mail from him Wednesday morning with the subject: ”Need your help! (Phil Mudd)”
“Hope you get this on time,” Mudd began. “I made a trip to Manila (Philippines) and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein.”
Oh, no! “The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport,” he said, so there’s some good news, “but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.”
“I have made contact with my bank,” he said, “but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account” — wouldn’t you know it? — “but the bad news is my flight will be leaving in less than 8-hrs from now but I am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let me leave until I settle the bills.”
This sounds really serious. “ I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once I get back home,” he wrote, “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.Thanks!”
Mudd, a former high-ranking CIA counterrorism official and former deputy director of the FBI’s national security branch, is waiting for your response.
Don’t do it. This scam is a variant of the famed Nigerian “my late uncle left me $10 million but I need to raise money to claim the inheritance.” This is an oft-used tale of woe about traveling abroad, getting stuck without passport or money and such. (More credible if they claim being stranded on a crippled cruise ship?)
His e-mail account must have been hacked. Seems it can happen to anyone.