A SHOCKED Hucknall mother-of-two has been the victim of an astonishing Internet scam which claimed she was robbed at gunpoint in Spain.
Michelle Corah, of Holbeck Road, said: “I am absolutely flabbergasted.”
It happened when Michelle was deceived into revealing her computer password by an e-mail purporting to be from BT — the company that provides her Internet service.
As a result, an e-mail has been sent out in Michelle’s name as part of a bid to trick people out of money.
A dramatic but totally fictitious story was concocted, claiming that Michelle was stranded in Spain.
The e-mail, naming the subject as ‘My Terrible Trip’, reads: “I’m in some terrible and horrible situation. I came down here to Madrid, Spain for a program and I was robbed at gunpoint last night.
“I misplaced my wallet on way back to my hotel after I went for sightseeing. The wallet contained all the valuables I had. Now, my passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when I make payment.
“I am sorry if I am inconveniencing you, but I have only very few people to run to now. I will be indeed very grateful if I can get a loan of 2,680 euros from you. This will enable me to sort my hotel bills and get my sorry self back home.
“I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return, let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest.
“Write me so I can let you know how to send it.”
Michelle (42), a cook supervisor at Hucknall National Primary School on Montague Road, said she first became aware of the scam when someone she knew who received the bogus e-mail contacted her at 7 o’clock one morning.
“I had to phone BT to cancel my computer account and I now have a new password,” she said. “The e-mail claiming to be from BT was sent by someone in Nigeria.”