From: Stephen D Linett <email@example.com>
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, I came down to Istanbul, Turkey for a short vacation.
Unfortunately,I was mugged at the park of the hotel where i stayed,all cash and credit card were stolen
off me but luckily for me i still have my passport with me.
I've been to the the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and my return flight leaves in few
hours from now but I'm having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave
until I settle the bills. Well I really need your financial assistance..
Please let me know if you can help me out and I need you to keep checking your email because it's the
only way I can reach you.
I'm freaked out at the moment
Stephen D. Linett
This is a fairly common scam. The scammer has got control of an email address, and sends this email to everyone on the contacts list.
It goes on to ask you to send money via Western Union, which has the advantage that it can be picked up from anywhere, and is irreversible.