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Traveler’s Scam Hit US

Cynthia Neff, Vice-Chairwoman of Albemarle County's Democratic Party (Virginia) and a candidate for the Rivanna District seat on the county's Board of Supervisors, was victimized in a recent e-mail scam, reported dailyprogress.com on July 20, 2011.

Hundreds of sympathy mails were forwarded from Neff's account pleading people for help, stated Neff, reports dailyprogress.com on July 20, 2011.

The scam emails masquerading Neff claimed her helplessness while being assaulted in London during a short trip and going cash-less with all her credit cards and cell phone being robbed. Further, the mail also denoted that though she still carries her passport, the US Embassy is not supporting her and compels her to wait till 3 weeks till the matter is resolved, due which she is likely to loose her flight.

The message of the email urges people to send her cash at a known British address and administers the repayment of all dues on returning from the US, though in contrast, Neff was hale and hearty at home.

Commenting on the matter security experts claimed that Neff is also a victim of the traveler's scam, which has spread like a wildfire by now and has been taking a toll in the US. Of recent, news of another similar scam is prevalent in Florida.

Another event from Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), Florida that caught readers' attention targeted a local man of Florida when plea mails from him claimed that he was being marooned in Spain and requires immediately $4,000 to arrive back his homeland, reports crestviewbulletin.com on July 20, 2011.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office wishes people to remain acquainted with such scams that play with people's emotions and make them easy target.

Suspicious scams or attempts of deceit should be administered to the sheriff's Fraud Hotline at the hotline number immediately. Since its inception, around 1,000 calls had been administered by the hotline claimed OCSO Crime Prevention Specialist Ashley Bailey, reports crestviewbulletin on July 20, 2011.

However, security experts administered people to visit www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/ fraud and other related websites to achieve an idea of such scams and maintain precaution.

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