Heard on the Hill

Phishing Scammers Use Liberal Talk Show Host as Bait

It seems Nigeria has run out of down-on-their-luck princes.

There is no other logical explanation for a new phishing scheme touting one-time congressional candidate D. Arnie Arnesen as a stranded traveler desperately in need of a quickie cash infusion.

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The bogus plea, which invaded the HOH inbox on Monday afternoon and appears to have originated from a hacked Gmail account, features detailed information about the liberal talk show host.

Arnesen — who ran for Congress in 1996, losing to then-Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., by 7 points — is a broadcaster at WNHN in Concord, N.H.

But the veteran pundit is not currently poundless in Britain.

The awful truth is that Arnesen is in New Hampshire dealing with the recent loss of her husband, Marty Capodice, who died on Oct. 31 after battling cancer.

None of that appears to be fazing the would-be grifter who has glommed onto her identity. That scumbag is apparently too busy trying to coax $4,000 in emergency aid (FYI: We found flights from Heathrow to Manchester, N.H., for under $1,500) out of terribly gullible Good Samaritans.

The would-be cyber-thief, who is corresponding via nharnie@gmail.com and nharniie@gmail.com, has apparently set up dummy accounts at Western Union and MoneyGram in the United Kingdom under Arnesen's name to collect any ill-gotten loot.

Here’s hoping karma catches up with you real soon, pal.