I was recently called by one of my regular repair clients and he shared a truly tragic and sad story.
It seems he was the victim of a worldwide scam in which you receive an email indicating someone you know or who is related to you has been traveling in another country and has been falsely charged with a crime and needs your financial support to help them obtain proper legal representation so as to refute the false charges.
From there, if you email them for further information they will begin to engage you in an elaborate and very convincing dialogue in which they put you in phone contact with a person who may very well sound like your friend or relative as well as their supposed attorney.
There will be warnings that you must not contact their other family members or other legal representatives or else the case against this individual will be closed to outside assistance and they will end up incarcerated for years with no outside assistance.
Believe me...these guys are amazingly convincing and before you consider my client a fool for being hooked by them recognize that these guys have lots of trained experience in hooking people with their scam. They are often masters at psychological manipulation.
In the case of my client he sent them $17,000 and ultimately lost every dime of it. At least at this point it appears unretrievable.
Don't let this happen to you. Let their warnings to you to not contact other family members under a supposed gag order by a foreign judge be the tip off that you are being scammed. No such gag orders exist. It is a trick to create fear and quick response on your behalf.
Immediately call the FBI and engage them in the scam you've been drawn into before you give anybody any money.
Be careful and vigilant...these guys are tricky...