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SPD ALERT: Citizens Beware Of Internet Scams

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Spokane Police are receiving numerous complaints from citizens regarding internet email scams. Police wish to remind citizens to double check with the senders of emails, prior to giving any money. When someone approaches you asking for money, be aware of the request and who is making that request.

It appears as though someone is hacking into email address books and hijacking the addresses.  They are then sending requests for money to those people in the email address book, so that it appears the request is coming from a reliable source. The emails are often signed by that reliable source as well.  Detectives urge recipients of these emails to contact the sender personally, before providing any money.

The following email is one example:

Hi, How are you doing? I hope you are doing fine, I'm sorry that I didn't inform you about my traveling to Nigeria for a seminar. I need a favor from you as soon as you receive this email because I misplaced my wallet on my way back to the hotel where my money and credit card and other valuables are. I would like you to assist me with a loan urgently. I will need the sum of $3000 to sort out my hotel bills and get myself back home. I will appreciate whatever you can afford to help me with, I will pay you back as soon as I return. I'm counting on you on this, kindly let me know if you can be of help so I can send you  my information where to send the money to me through Western Union. I have spoken to the Embassy here but they are not responding to the issue.  Effectively, I will appreciate whatever you can afford to assist me, I will refund the money back to you as soon as I return. Let me know if you can be of any help.  I don't have a phone where I can be reached. I look forward to hearing from you later today. 

This is just an advisory from the Police Department to the Spokane Community - please be cautious of scams!

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