Here’s How I Lost $25,000 Last Week From This One Scary Email Scam

Trust no one — especially on the Internet — who promises you a fortune

Alex Bentley
4 min readMay 26, 2022


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That’s the moral of my story about how I was scammed out of $25,000 last week by someone posing as the nephew of a wealthy man.

It all started when I received an email from someone claiming to be Fred.

Fred said that his uncle, a wealthy oil tycoon in Saudi Arabia, was sick and needed money to pay his hospital bills. He told me that he tried to access his uncle’s bank account, but couldn’t and asked if I could kindly wire him the money.

Of course, I was hesitant at first.

But Fred was sweet. And he came off as a good guy.

Fred even sweetened the pot by saying that his uncle would reimburse me the money as soon as he recovered, and that he was certain his uncle would reward me handsomely for my time and help.

I daydreamed for a few minutes, thinking about how much money Fred’s rich uncle would send me when he got out. Would it be $50,000? $100,000? Maybe a million dollars?

I was saving the man’s life after all.

And you can’t put a price on that.

Either way, I know what you’re thinking. After all, I’ve been scammed before. So, I did my due diligence and did a little research on Fred and his story.

After scouring the Internet for hours, everything seemed to check out. I even found an article about Fred’s sick uncle.

With that, I wired Fred the $25,000 to an offshore bank account.

A few days went by, and I didn’t hear from Fred. So, I got a little worried.

But out of the blue one day, Fred emailed me. He said his uncle had passed away. He asked for my patience because he needed time to grieve with their family.

He also promised to reimburse the money on his own. Fred was certain his wealthy uncle would name him in the will, and he’d get his entire fortune.

And if his uncle slighted him, I shouldn’t worry, he told me. He would work three full-time jobs if that’s what it took.



Alex Bentley

I write about crypto, personal finance, business & tech. Also, I publish a bit of humor to make you laugh.