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Carl Bildt "asks for money" in bogus email

A message apparently sent from the former Swedish foreign minister's private email account asks recipients to wire money over to help him settle hotel bills and get a plane out of Cyprus.

The email, which was sent to civil servants at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs as well as to several journalists, says:

"I hope this reaches you in time. I have travelled to Cyprus and my wallet was stolen along with my international passport and credit cards. The embassy is willing to help me catch a flight without my passport. I just need to pay for the ticket and my hotel bills. I really need to be on the next plane out of here. I need 1,350 pounds."

The real Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter: "Someone has evidently hijacked my mail account. I'm not on Cyprus, and I don't need any money help. Will report to police."

The press department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs told Swedish Television News that it will likely not be investigating the matter since Bildt no longer works at the ministry.

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