I've seen similar messages in the past attributed to folks who had actually been hacked.
Subject: Fwd: Awful Ordeal!!!..(Philippines Trip)...Tim Echols
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:31:22 -0800
Um, this looks like a scam to me. Look at the email address carefully - the reply address has a zero instead of a "o" in the word mouse. Do NOT send any money to this scam. (But, you can always shoot me a few bucks if you really want to get rid of some of your extra cash.)
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Date: December 14, 2012 12:41:30 PM PST
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Awful Ordeal!!!..(Philippines Trip)...Tim Echols
This message may be coming to you as a surprise but I need your help. Few days back we made an unannounced vacation trip to Manila, Philippines. Everything was going fine until last night when we got mugged on our way back to the hotel, all cash and credit card were stolen off from us but luckily we still have our passports with us.
I've been to the Embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all they asked us to wait for 3 weeks but we can't wait till then and our flight leaves in few hours from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the hotel bills, Dealing with foreign authorities here is extremely frustrating, It would take us about 24 hours to get everything straighten out before we could leave, we are freaked out at the moment...I really
need your financial assistance.
Please let me know if you could help us out financially?