The email was purportedly from my ex svp. His email address was hacked and the hacker pretended to be him and asked me for help.
You can tell whether it's fake or not because of the way you are being addressed in the email. This ex boss of mine would address me by my name. It's not the case here. It started off as "Hope all is well with you?" and so I could tell the email was not from him. And why the question mark at the end of the sentence? My ex svp's standard of English is better than that.
The other thing is when it comes to dishing out money you better think twice.
I have alerted (via sms) this ex boss today.
Remedy: Change the email password or don't use that address anymore. The first option is better.