|CNN writer receives scam email too.|
Now to begin with, this sounded fishy. Why would someone we hadn't seen in decades ask US of all people for our help? That's when we turned to Snopes.com, the best scam detective service on the Internet, to see if this plea was real or not.
With a quick search of the terms - money, robbed, stranded - up popped a SCAM Report that contained an almost word-to-word repeat of the email we received. Also, a real-life story of a how this email had upset and frightened a couple when they received the same email from their grandson.
The moral of this story is if a relative or friends say they are stranded in some foreign city, BEWARE and check out Snopes.