Dear friends who use Yahoo! Mail,
It seems to me that being a Yahoo! Mail user is fraught with peril these days. It certainly seems as though a disproportionate number of you have had more than your fair share of problems recently.
In fact, it’s actually quite surprising how many of you have been mugged while travelling. I don’t know whether it’s that people who use Yahoo! Mail are more likely to be mugged or if it’s that people who are more likely to be mugged are more inclined to use Yahoo! Mail. However, it’s safe to say that if you’ve ever contacted me to let me know that you’ve been mugged while travelling and that you need money, your preferred method of letting me know about your situation is with an email sent from your Yahoo! account.
Being mugged must be quite traumatic. I can tell because of how poorly written your emails tend to be after this happens to you. Your broken English is a testament to the hardship that you’ve had to endure. I’m just thankful that you still have the means to let me know.
As bad as I feel for those of you who have once had this happen, I feel especially bad for those of you who have been robbed repeatedly. I have one acquaintance that was recently mugged two times in six months.
He was in Dubai the first time it happened. I was surprised to say the least. Both because I had no idea that he was travelling and because I couldn’t believe that this could have happened to him. Fortunately he was able to use Yahoo! Mail to send the following cry for help:
On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM, Yahoo Friend <friend@yahoo> wrote:
This message is coming to you with great depression due to my state of discomfort. I came down here to Dubai, United Arab Emirates with my family for a short vacation but unfortunately,we were mugged and robbed at the park of the hotel where we stayed. All cash, credit cards and cell phones were stolen off us but we still have our lives and passports.We’ve been to the embassy and the police here and they have done the best they can. Our flight leaves in less than 12hrs from now but we are having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let us leave until we settle the bills. I am contacting you to ask for a short loan which I will refund immediately I get my family back home safely. Let me know if you can help.
Looking forward to positive response.YAHOO FRIENDphone 613-555-0124
Exactly six months later he was travelling once more in London (another surprise to me) when he was mugged again. Once again he was able to let me know using Yahoo! Mail:
On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:11 AM, Yahoo Friend <friend@yahoo> wrote:
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and I came down here to London,United Kingdom for a short vacation. unfortunately,we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash and credit card were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us. We’ve been to the Embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in few hours 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. Well I really need your financial assistance.. Please, let me know if you can help us out
Am freaked out at the moment!
I have to say… it hardly seems possible that the same thing could even happen again. What are the odds! I like to think of myself as helpful and when a friend is in need you need to do what you can to support them. So I replied:
Dear Yahoo! Friend,
I can’t believe it happened to you again! You seem to have had some pretty bad luck travelling in the last 6 months.
I can’t spare more more than £500000 this time. You still haven’t paid me back the £1000000 that I sent you the last time you got mugged so I don’t have much at my disposal anymore.
How would you like me to get the money to you? Perhaps a wire transfer to some shady out of the way location wouldn’t be very suspicious? Please let me now how I can help.
Hope to hear from you soon,
PS. By the way. I don’t think Canada House is called the “Embassy” in London. I believe that it is considered a High Commision since we are a Commonwealth country.
PPS. I’m going to update my address book but I’m a bit confused as to which of your phone numbers I should use.
PPPS. Considering your propensity for getting mugged, I highly recommend keeping an emergency credit card somewhere safe the next time you travel. Maybe in a hotel safe.
PPPPS. I’m surprised about your trouble at the hotel. Usually they take your credit card when you first check-in and as long as you haven’t completely emptied the mini-bar you should just be able to leave. Also, I am not a lawyer (lawyers are either barristers or solicitors in the UK), but legally the hotel can’t hold you against your will.
PPPPPS. Did you empty the mini-bar?
PPPPPPS. Avoid the “park of the hotel”. It sounds like it must be a pretty dangerous place no matter where you travel.
I’m still waiting to hear back. Hopefully it is only because he has managed to resolve the situation already and he is safe.
Before I say goodnight to you Yahoos I would just like to say… be careful:
- Don’t click on dangerous links in suspicious looking emails.
- Learn about (and use) 2-factor/step authentication.
- Be wary while travelling both around the web and around the planet.
- And finally, it’s bad enough that you have had to deal with all the recent and possibly still ongoing account hacking, so please don’t hang out at the “park of the hotel”.
Good night Yahoo! friends and “Bon Voyage”!