一位差不多十年沒通訊不算太熟的朋友忽然傳來這樣標題的電郵﹕Terrible News.. I need your help。我當然知道有詐，也沒回信，稍後試抄其中的一段文字在網上搜尋一下，果然有不少類同的例子。
i hope you get this email on time. i am in a terrible situation and i need your help. am sorry i did not inform you about my trip, my family and i travel to edinburgh Scotland, unfortunately we were robbed at gun point. Cell phone, all cash,credit card and other valuables were stolen away.
i have been to the embassy and the police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hrs from now but we’re having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills.
i need your financial assistance (loan) to settle the hotel bills and to return back home, I Promise to pay you back as soon as i get back home.
i really need your help.