Friday, January 25, 2013
I received an e-mail from a friend that said she was in Malaysia with her husband, who was ill and needed a hysterectomy, asking me to send money. Her name and his name were in the message.
With other spamming, I can usually click and read the header info to see where it really came from.
So I sent her a message letting her know she might have a virus.
I received a reply saying she didn't have a virus, that she really was in Malaysia.
I don't know what to do about this. There's no point sending anymore e-mails to her, since it appears someone has taken over at least her e-mail.
It was written in very broken English, which wouldn't be her either.
We were warned yesterday on the news how hackers can take over our laptops via an e-mail, turning on our video cameras and then knowing everything said and done in the house. The warning here was to not ope e-mails from anyone we don't know. You have no way of knowing. Solution: cover your camera lens on the laptop, and close the laptop when you're not using it.
In my case, I thought I knew this person.
The more we become reliant on technology and social media, the more we will need to be knowledgeable and vigilant for this kind of attack.