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December 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM

No, state Sen. Pam Roach is not stranded in Manila

Lots of people got an email this morning purportedly from state Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, claiming she was stranded in Manila and needed money.

The email says a bag with all her personal effects was stolen. Her husband, Jim Roach, says she’s safe and currently in Olympia.

The email looks like a generic scam, but Roach actually has traveled to Manila several times in the past couple of years.

Her husband said that, for now, they’re assuming it’s a generic scam involving her personal AOL account, not her legislative account. “Whether there’s more to it than just trying to bilk somebody out of money or there’s a more dark reason, we haven’t figured that out yet,” he said.

Here’s the email:

From: “Pam Roach”
Date: December 17, 2012, 8:31:07 AM PST
To:
Subject: NEED YOUR HELP…(Pamela Roach)
Reply-To: Pamroech
Good morning,
I Hope you get this on time, I made a trip to Manila(Philippines) and had my bag stolen from me with my passport and personal effects therein. The embassy has just issued me a temporary passport but I have to pay for a ticket and settle my hotel bills with the Manager.
I have made contact with my bank but it would take me 3-5 working days to access funds in my account, the bad news is my flight will be leaving very soon but i am having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won’t let me leave until i settle the bills, I need your help/LOAN financially and I promise to make the refund once i get back home, you are my last resort and hope, Please let me know if i can count on you and i need you to keep checking your email because it’s the only way i can reach you.

Pam Roach
State Senator
31st District, WA

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