This was the original message, which that perpetrator sent out in great batches of email as well as posted on my blog for a chunk of time over the past day:
I'm sorry for this odd request and I'm writing this with tears on my eyes due to the situation of things right now,I'm stuck in London United Kingdom with my family,we came down here on vacation and we got Mugged at GUNPOINT.. worse of it was that cash cell phone and credit cards were stolen,it's such a crazy and terrifying experience for us,I'm scared and so worried right now.. we need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% helping, but the good thing is that we still have our passports,Our return flight Leave back home Today,But i still have problem in sorting out the hotel bills ..
I'm freaked out ..............
Clair and Carole Anne.
But I can tell you that scammer happened to pick on the WRONG GUY this time around! I've traced him down got his phone number in Nigeria, and am in the process of contacting a good personal friend originally from Nigeria and living in Chicago who is actually back in Nigeria there right now visiting and working for a few months in his home area around Lagos where this crap happens all the time. I'm sure hoping he will help me figure out WHO the best authority is to report this to and we can "nail" the perp.
If you have a Gmail account like I do, here is some very valuable info about ways to monitor any suspicious activity. However, I'm actually having some second thoughts about Google's vulnerabilities, lack of personal support, and particularly what can happen to users like me who are stuck with using a comprehensive one-password system powering many different applications Google owns. The crim gets one password and can access "everything" in the Google family "system."