A different type of scam?

I checked my Email this morning and had a curious note from a former co-worker from my days at the newspaper. It reads as follows:

How are you doing?hope all is well, I"m sorry that i didn't inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar.I need a favour from you as soon as you receive this e-mail because i misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money is and other valuable things were kept, i will like you to assist me with a loan urgently. I will be needing the sum of $2,500 to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.I will appreciate whatever you can afford to help me with, i'll pay you back as soon as i return. Kindly let me know if you can be of help? so that i can send you the details.

Your reply will be greatly appreciated

The note is not signed, but it does show that it came from his account. I sent out a couple of quick text messages to confirm and no, he is NOT out of the country, or even out of the city here. I am not sure how this scm plays out, but I can only imagine it ends up costing you some serious money if you follow through with it to the end.

Have a great Monday, okay?

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