Here's the email:
Subject: My Terrible Trip........ Gordon Batho
I really hope you get this fast. I could not inform anyone about our trip, because it was impromptu. we had to be in Madrid , Spain for a program. The program was successful, but our journey has turned sour. we misplaced our wallet and cell phone on our way back to the hotel we lodge in after we went for sight seeing. The wallet contained all the valuables we had. Now, our passport is in custody of the hotel management pending when we make payment.
I am sorry if i am inconveniencing you, but i have only very few people to run to now. i will be indeed very grateful if i can get a loan of 2,720 Euro from you. this will enable me sort our hotel bills and get my sorry self back home. I will really appreciate whatever you can afford in assisting me with. I promise to refund it in full as soon as I return. let me know if you can be of any assistance. Please, let me know soonest. Thanks so much..
I think my favourite thing about this email is its subject. If my journey to Madrid had turned sour and I'd misplaced my wallet and cell phone and hotel management had taken my passport until I paid them lots of Euros and all I could think to do was email someone I'd never met to ask for a loan, I think I'd give my email a serious subject: one that highlights the graveness of the situation.
I probably wouldn't give it a short story title. That makes me think someone's pulling my leg.