Fraudulent Philippines assistance email begins circulating

Fraudulent Philippines assistance email begins circulating

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The email claims to be from a person stuck in the Philippines. The email claims to be from a person stuck in the Philippines.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The North Alabama Better Business Bureau is warning about an email scam tied to the Philippines typhoon tragedy.

Michele Mason with the BBB said the person in the bogus email claims they are stuck in the Philippines and the hotel is holding their luggage until they can pay their bills. The person claims they need help getting money so they can get back into the US.

"You should never use any kind of wiring service or load money onto a Green Dot MoneyPak and give that money off the card to someone you do not know because they claim they need your help with our emergency situation," said Mason.

Mason said if you get an email from someone you know claiming they're in an emergency situation, contact that person directly to verify if it's true or bogus.

If you suspect fraudulent activity related to the Philippines relief effort, you are asked to report your concerns to the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 1-866-720-6721.

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