Thomas Spethman is a dad of four. A recent email is interrupting his family time.
Spethman says, "The whole thing is, they're tugging at your heartstrings."
The email came to Spethman's work account. It's from a woman going by the name of "Carol Hemmer."
It claims it's a "family emergency" and asks him to send money for a surgery.
Spethman says the name sounded familiar, and decided to check it out with family and friends.
"Everyone we contacted, it doesn't ring a bell. We even looked up the number in the phone book and there's no name recognition anywhere in the Omaha metro area."
We checked out this email. We found the same message, word for word, on multiple online scam websites.
The only difference. The "alleged" family member's name was different in each case.
Another thing these emails have in common-they all end with a verse from the Bible.
That verse is John 14:1. It says, "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me."
Thomas didn't trust the sender. He didn't send money.
Consumer experts remind us the best advice is only give money to people you know, and can speak to directly.
Also be wary of any offer that needs money "NOW!"