Distress Scams

Fraud and scams involving persons in distress.


  • Impersonator pretends to be relative in urgent need of money.
  • A Russian student named Valentin Mikhaylin pretends to need financial assistance to heat his apartment, buy food, and provide medical care for his ailing mother.
  • Stranger pretends to need cabfare to get to a hospital or money to buy gasoline or baby formula.



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