Con­man­pre­tends to be Meretz UK chair

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

THE CHAIR­MAN of a Bri­tish-based pro­gres­sive Zion­ist group is the lat­est vic­tim of a Nige­rian email scam.

Some­one claim­ing to be Meretz UK’s Ye­huda Erd­man wrote an email — re­ceived by mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion and at the JC — say­ing he was stranded in Nige­ria, where he was work­ing with HIV and Aids suf­fer­ers. He ap­pealed — in very ques­tion­able English — for hun­dreds of dol­lars.

The email reads: “It as [sic] been a very sad and bad mo­ment for me, the present con­di­tion that I found my­self is very in­tox­i­cated for me to ex­plain.

“I for­got my lit­tle bag in the Taxi where my money, pass­port, doc­u­ments and other valu­able things were kept on my way to the ho­tel am stay­ing, I am in a very bad sit­u­a­tion here be­cause I have no money with me.

“I am now ow­ing the Ho­tel where am stay­ing the sum of $900 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon or else they will hand me over to the Po­lice.”

It con­tin­ues: “I need your help very ur­gent to en­able me re­turn back home suc­cess­fully without any harm, I am in a ter­ri­ble and tight sit­u­a­tion here I don’t even have money to feed my­self for a day I have been starv­ing all this while so please un­der­stand how ur­gent I needed your help.”

The scam­mer asks for $2,500 to be sent to a mo­tel in Vic­to­ria Is­land, La­gos, but notes: “I will also ap­pre­ci­ate what so ever amount you can af­ford to send me for now and I prom­ise to re­im­burse the money back to you once I get back home without hitch de­lay.

“Kindly look for a West­ern Union Money Trans­fer lo­cal stores around you and­send­methe­money­to­myre­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion be­low....”

When con­tacted by the JC at home in Lon­don this week, Mr Erd­man, a Bri­tish ci­ti­zen, said he was aware of the email but re­fused to com­ment. “All I can say is that it’s not me.” He has never been to Nige­ria. The JC replied to the sen­der of the email but had not heard back by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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