My friend claimed his whole family died on holiday – but I'm worried it's a scam | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: AN old friend contacted me by text to say that his whole family had died in a car accident while they were away on holiday in Portugal.

He said he needed money to fly their bodies home.

Like me, he is 40. We used to be close friends but we have lost touch over the last few years.

I was surprised to hear from him and shocked when I read his news.

I tried calling but he didn’t pick up.

He messaged to say he was in hospital but had lost his wife and two children.

My wife says that it is a scam and I should ignore the texts.

She says she is sure we would have heard about this on the news if it were true.

I’ve looked in the papers and online and can’t see any stories about British families being killed on holiday.

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But if it isn’t a scam, I’ll feel terrible that I didn’t help him.

What should I do?

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DEIDRE SAYS:  This is a nasty scam preying on people’s emotions, and not sent by your friend at all.

You should report it to Action Fraud (actionfraud.police.uk).

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Perhaps your concern is a sign that you want to be back in touch.

Try contacting him via his workplace, social media or a mutual friend.

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