It had to happen. In this latest technique scammers hack into someone's email account and send emails to friends asking for money. In this case a professor in Calcutta's account was compromised. The scam artists sent email to a business associate asking for $2,500 so he could get out of a hotel in Nigeria. (Hello??? Nigeria?? That should set off alarm bells with anyone who has been using the Internet for more than, oh about 15 seconds.)
Stiennon's simple rule for never getting scammed: Don't send money. Period. Just don't.
The 419'ers deserve this treatment.