Here is the text of the email that circulated today:
"I am having such a frustrating ordeal right now. Am In Manila Philippines to see my cousin who has an inflamed gall bladder..She's having a surgery today, because her condition now is very serious.I really need to take care of this now but my credit card can't work here. I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I need a loan of $1,200 USD from you and I’ll reimburse you once I get back home, I promise! I will really appreciate whatever amount you can come up with, if not all get back to me. I'll advise on how to transfer it.
Please let me know if I can count on you.