...it was a couple years back. Met this girl online, real nice, pretty photo, all that jazz. She got real close real quick--quick enough that I started doing a little research on the side. Like when she said her brother had died of cancer, and the only person I could find with that name had died in a drive-by. Then she lowered the boom: she was stuck in a hotel in London, her finances from the family business had some sort of snarl-up, and she couldn't leave until she got money to pay the bill.
I played ignorant at first, not quite taking the hint when she asked for help. When she gave up on subtlety, I plead poverty, but wished her all the luck in the world and told her to get in touch once she got out of there.
Never heard back. Funny thing, that.