Phishing scam pretends to be your friend, looking for help, but beware

Friend needs help email
Friend needs help email

"Worst Case Scenario (NEED HELP)," said the subject line of an e-mail my wife received. She was surprised to see it was from one of her work colleagues, or so she thought. It said (all errors intact):

"I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and I came down here to (Buckinghamshire) United Kingdom, for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.