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FYI: E-mail Scam

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.
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    Hmmmm.... I got an email similar from someone I barely know and wondered why on earth... now I know. Glad I just deleted it, thinking it very strange. Thanks for the warning. VERY scarey stuff.
    1972 days ago
    That's awful. AND a last attemt to guilt you into sending money. I hope you can get in touch with your friend somehow and then obtain other ways to contact her.
    1972 days ago
  • ANGEL1066
    worrisome! best to report this to government authorities.
    1972 days ago
    Hope your friend figures out how to fix the problem.
    1973 days ago
    She lives near me half the year, and in another country the other half. They didn't come here this year because of cancer and abdominal surgery for hubby. We only e-mail and I don't have her foreign phone number.
    Hopefully someone on that e-mail I sent will let her know.
    1973 days ago
    Yep, I had the same happen with my pastor's email address. He always signed his emails "pastor" so when the plea for money came, it was signed "Keith". You'll want to call her and tell her to change her password or even just get a new account.
    1973 days ago
  • HHLTD1
    Does your friend by chance have another e-mail address you could contact her at? Perhaps a work address or does her husband have an e-mail you might try?
    1973 days ago
    Yes, an appropriate surgery might have been taken as truth, except we know he is home recuperating from other major abdominal surgery and would never be traveling to Malaysia for that surgery or anything else.
    1974 days ago
    I noticed the last email from them said when HE dies you will be happy. Since when is an emergency hysterectomy done on a man? Obviously the spammers have gotten their story mixed up this time, which just proves the whole email is fake. I hope someone is able to reach your friend so they can shut this whole thing down before anyone is tricked into wiring these parasites money.

    1974 days ago
    Thanks. If she lived in the states I would. I don't know how to contact her in her country. I've sent CBRinKLEY's text to everyone who was included in the last message, Hopefully one of her friends in her country will let her know.
    I've also contacted my e-mail provider that that thread of e-mails was from a compromised source.

    Don't know what else I can do except cover up my video camera and change my password.
    1974 days ago
    That is creepy. I would send her a text message or call her.

    Definitely go with your gut on this.

    It is sad that we have to now be hyper vigilant so that we don't get catfished
    1974 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2013 1:29:20 PM
    Here's my last message from the hackers:


    If you are not willing to assist me please stop asking me question. When he dies you will be happy.

    1974 days ago
    Her email account was hijacked. These hackers run the email address through their password deciphering software, and once they have the password, they go in and send these spam messages to everyone in the person's address book. If the person has a signature line which is automatically added to the end of every email, that would account for the name being at the end of the message. In this case, the hackers also would either change her password so she couldn't access her emails and warn people, or know what was going on, or they change the settings so that emails sent to that address are also forwarded to themselves, which helps them to then let people know where to wire the money.
    Your friend needs to change her email password immediately, as well as run an up-to-date virus/spyware/malware scan on her computer. There are many great programs that are available for free online, such as Avast, Spybot, and Malwarebytes.
    If you have her phone number, then give her a call to let her know. If these hackers have changed her email password, she will have to contact the email provider to prove who she is, and they will give her a temporary password to get back in and lock the hackers out.

    Same goes if you get an email from someone you know, and there is nothing in the subject line and just a link to a website in the body of the email. NEVER click on those links, as they often will download a trojan virus onto your computer.
    If you know how to view the header information in the emails, there are IP checker websites which will tell you where the email actually originated from.
    1974 days ago
    Wow. Thanks for sharing. Crazy what hackers will do!
    1974 days ago
    Yes, I've had something similar with an email from a friend who was supposedly in Africa and who had lost her wallet and needed money urgently. She WAS in Africa but she did not send the mail! And it was in broken English, too.
    And I did reply and like you, got back a strange reply that insisted on sending money.

    1974 days ago
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