This is a true story. I recently met a young lady on line that works for an international aid organization and we have shared a brief amount of on line conversation. She resides in England but at present she is on assignment in Africa. About a week ago we met on line and when I asked how she was, she told me she was sick. She explained she felt very poorly but had left her medical card at home in England. She needed her medical card to receive treatment from local doctors. She said she needed about $75.00 USD for the treatment and when I told her I was not able to help her until I got paid on Friday she had me wait on line so she could go confer with the doctor to see if he could do anything for her. She returned a short time later saying the doctor could help her when she received the money.
Now, I do not know this woman from Adam. I have asked what is the cause of her illness without response. But, she claims to be ill and needs treatment.
How many times a day does a person on line encounter such a situation? How many such claims are simply scams to relieve people of their hard earned cash? What would you do in such a situation?