Youngsville Borough police have issued a press release drawing attention to a scam that they have received.
According to the press release, "YPD have received the following scams going around via email."
The text of the email reads: "I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Turkey for Tour... The program was successful, but our journey turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
"I am sorry for inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if I can get a short term loan from you ($1,600). this will enable me sort our 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 assistance. Please, let me know soonest."
Police said the email will then be signed by an email contact or friend of the recipient.
They offered four pieces of advice on how to handle such a message: Never respond to an email like this, contact your alleged friend by phone and find out the truth, never send your account/personal information or money when it sounds suspicious and contact local police if not sure what to do.
"Otherwise just delete the message," said police.