Friends of Bloomberg News‘ Margaret Carlson: Don’t fall for the email many of you may have received this morning at the crack of dawn. No, she’s not in Madrid on an “urgent” trip recovering from being attacked on the way back to her hotel. And for God sake, do not send her money via wire transfer.
From: margaret carlson
Date: Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 6:13 AM
Subject: Big Problem
Hi. Just hoping this email reaches you well, I’m sorry for this emergency and for not informing you about my urgent trip to Madrid, Spain but I just have to let you know my present predicament. Everything was fine until I was attacked on my way back to the hotel, I wasn’t hurt but I lost my money, bank cards, mobile phone and my bag in the course of this attack. I immediately contacted my bank in order to block my cards and also made a report at the nearest police station. I’ve been to the embassy and they are helping me with my documentation so i can fly out but I’m urgently in need of some money to pay for my hotel bills and my flight ticket home, will PAY BACK as soon as i get back home. Kindly let me know if you would be able to help me out so I can forward you the details required for a wire transfer. I will expect your response soon.