This is not a scam. Asking for a wire to an international address.
March 18, 2014 7:17 AM Subscribe
Mom, who only communicates through e-mail but has a distinctive style and insider information (so I know it's Mom), is traveling in the UK until 4/8/2014. She thought the lost her debit and credit card so she cancelled them. Now she has only her cash which won't get her all the way there. My challenge: figure out (with your help!) the best way to get her some funds so she can enjoy the trip.
posted by kalessin to Work & Money (35 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First, let's get this out of the way: I know this is an ultra-common scam with hacked accounts but I am certain that the person writing to me is my Mom. She's got the right word choice, writing style and information that we've not communicated about on e-mail previously. Please no dire warnings that I/we are getting scammed.
Despite this, I would love to have advice on doing this but doing it securely so as not to impact other assets in case the transfer gets compromised somehow.
Mom has about 7 - 10 days of comfortable living money on hand.
I have durable power of attorney documents for Mom's financial instruments. They're not on file with her banks though, and I know there can be a delay there.
My ideal resolution would be to get her AirBnB reservation sorted out on this end with my credit card and get her bank to express her credit and debit cards out to her at her location. If I can't do this, my second priority is to actually wire her money or get her some other financial instrument that's just as good - like a prepaid credit card? But having never done this before, I would appreciate advice on how best to do that at a non-outrageous surcharge.
I'd love advice stemming from recent personal experience but even good starting points would do me a good service.
No loans will be required by any stretch of the imagination, so it's a problem that boils down to a simple transfer of either cards or money.
Thank you very much in advance.