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Old 05-22-2010, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Sarasota Florida
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I just received my first phishing email scam, supposedly from an old friend (also a Facebook friend) saying she was on vacation in London, got mugged, lost everything and needs money !! Only, the email didn't say how to send her the money ~

I was aware of this old scam; also know that my friend does not fly anywhere. But now that I opened the email I'm wondering if my contacts have been stolen by the scammer ????

Does anyone else have experience in this ?
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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I just received my first phishing email scam, supposedly from an old friend (also a Facebook friend) saying she was on vacation in London, got mugged, lost everything and needs money !! Only, the email didn't say how to send her the money ~

I was aware of this old scam; also know that my friend does not fly anywhere. But now that I opened the email I'm wondering if my contacts have been stolen by the scammer ????

Does anyone else have experience in this ?
THATS EXACTLY what happened to you ! They are scamming you. You can either play along ( note they want Western Union Only ) ..totally a scam...Or write her back and ask her personal questions ONLY she would know such as your dogs/cats name or anything only a FRIEND would know...

I think they hack into your email and get the contact info..
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Old 05-22-2010, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Austin Texas
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A fellow Realtor in my office had her email hacked (hotmail). This same message was sent out to everyone on her address book! She had EVERYBODY calling her...clients, past clients, Realtors etc. Crazy...
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Old 05-30-2010, 03:52 AM
 
Location: Queensland
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I get emails from a dead friend's hotmail address, trying to sell me various goods.
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Old 06-02-2010, 03:39 PM
 
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Must have been cheap.
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Old 06-02-2010, 04:41 PM
 
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I just received my first phishing email scam, supposedly from an old friend (also a Facebook friend) saying she was on vacation in London, got mugged, lost everything and needs money !! Only, the email didn't say how to send her the money ~

I was aware of this old scam; also know that my friend does not fly anywhere. But now that I opened the email I'm wondering if my contacts have been stolen by the scammer ????

Does anyone else have experience in this ?
Wow. Your first? Where've you been, Tibet?

You should string them along like this guy. Some great stuff here:

Ebola Monkey Man: Nigerian 419 Scam
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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A fellow Realtor in my office had her email hacked (hotmail). This same message was sent out to everyone on her address book! She had EVERYBODY calling her...clients, past clients, Realtors etc. Crazy...
Usually that is a virus that spoofs email addresses not really a "hacking" issue.

I got the best phising email the other day. I should have saved it.

Basically went like this:
FROM: Your_Killer

Hello friend. A good friend of you has contact me to kill you. My boys I have been trailing you for weeks to learn you schedule. But I feel guilt now. If you would pay me more monies then your friends paid I will let you live.

Your_Killer@hotmail.uk

I really don't think my friends can afford a hitman from England.

I wrote him back saying "if you know everything about me then you know I am a cop in *notmyrealcity* and that I live at *madeupaddress*. You know that I own 5 different guns, my favorite being the semi automatic P90. Bring it on my friend. I look forward to meeting you, or your boys...."
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I just had this "stranded in London" hack happen from my hotmail account (both of them, actually, since I have one for family and one for online shopping.) I got a bunch of concerned emails from people, most of whom know I wasn't traveling abroad. I changed my passwords and other security information immediately, but is there anything else I should do (apart from not using hotmail anymore?)
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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I send them the email address and phone number of the desk sergeant at our police station.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:31 PM
 
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A fellow Realtor in my office had her email hacked (hotmail). This same message was sent out to everyone on her address book! She had EVERYBODY calling her...clients, past clients, Realtors etc. Crazy...
OT, but I think its funny - if someone said they got mugged and lost everything, why would you try and call them?
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