It's hard to believe anyone ever falls for those hoax email solicitations asking for money. It seems like they've been around for almost as long as email itself, and as society grows more adept at maneuvering on the Internet, you'd hope they'd be growing increasingly rare and irrelevant - if for no other reason than a reduction of inbox clutter.
But according to the Seattle Times' Andrew Garber, "lots of people" received an email purportedly from state Sen. Pam Roach this morning indicating the controversial legislator was trapped in Manila and needed cash fast. By all indications, it was a classic email ruse, albeit it with a slightly more researched premise.
As Garber reports on the Times' Politics Northwest blog, the email indicates a bag with all of Roach's personal belongings had been stolen while she was in Manila - a destination she's reportedly visited "several times" over the last few years - leaving her stranded in the far off land.
However Roach's husband, Jim Roach, tells the Times that his wife is safe in Olympia, and the email appears to be a simple scam using her personal AOL account. The email was apparently not connected to Roach's official legislative account.
"Whether there's more to it than just trying to bilk somebody out of money or there's a more dark reason, we haven't figured that out yet," Jim Roach tells the Times.