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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Out of the country and requesting a loan ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Out of the country and requesting a loan
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Date: 11/8/11 8:43 PM

Tonight I received a very strange email supposedly from one of my class members. It said she was out of the country, was having some problems and needed $3000 and could I please contact her. Well, I know the email is bogus, but when I checked the email address, it was in fact from the class member; or at least the email address I have for her. I have several questions about this and thought I should run it by this group to get some ideas as to what to do.

What do you think would happen if I replied back to the email, in a joking sort of way? Such as, "Sure, come by the house and I'll have cash ready"

What do you think would happen if I emailed her privately, even though her email address has been hacked into? (My thinking is that the email address would show up in the Inbox of the phisher, and then it might create a cookie on my computer, or worse...)

Should I call her and tell her of the problem? (this I think is a good response; even tell her she needs to change her email address)

What agencies can I send this email to, telling them it's a scam and VERY bogus? (her address is from a hotmail account, and my email is with a Yahoo account)

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Date: 11/8/11 9:00 PM

there is a lot of them going around. Don't send any money. It is a scam. First of all contact the police. Make a copy of the email. This way if they ask for it you can mail it to them. They will probley talk to the tv news and anounce this scam. We had several people here in duluth sent money. They will never get it back. But at least the police know about it and if other come up they can trace it to where it is coming from. you can delete cookie from your computer just do a clean sweep.
Hope this helps.
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Date: 11/8/11 9:08 PM

I would consider jumping up and down on my computer, slashing the lines coming into the house that delivered internet and blow torching the remnants of the lines out to the phone pole.

If hubbie locked the garage and my knee wasn't up to the jumping, I would delete the original message and dump it from the trash, clear my history, run a security scan, and then shut down and restart. For something that weird I would then call my son, every mother has a son that's an expert, right? He would probably tie in remotely and do whatever he does when he ties in remotely.

I think I would call the class member. I would also discuss contacting the class secretary or whoever may have the pool of information regarding your class.

I absolutely would not open the email again or respond to it.
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Date: 11/8/11 9:25 PM

Quote: a7yrstitch
I would consider jumping up and down on my computer, slashing the lines coming into the house that delivered internet and blow torching the remnants of the lines out to the phone pole.



If hubbie locked the garage and my knee wasn't up to the jumping, I would delete the original message and dump it from the trash, clear my history, shut everything down and start it up and run a security check. For something that weird I would then call my son, every mother has a son that's an expert, right? He would probably tie in remotely and do whatever he does when he ties in remotely.



I think I would call the class member. I would also discuss contacting the class secretary or whoever may have the pool of information regarding your class.



I absolutely would not open the email again or respond to it.

One small change in the order- run a scan, then restart. Restarting is what runs the virus program, so it's harder to get off if you've restarted.
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Date: 11/8/11 9:44 PM

Someone has hacked into her addresses. I had such an e-mail from an old friend saying she was in Scotland and her car was stolen or such hooey..it was her address which was used but it was not from her...I know her too well. This is a common scam. I do not know if you can get a virus just by opening the e-mail but if you went to a link then there could be trouble. Others might know more about this.

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Date: 11/8/11 10:02 PM

I had this happen to me before. It was sent thru my facebook account. I even got kicked off for awhile because of it. It looked as if I had sent it out, which I had not. Had to change my password on facebook. Basically my facebook account got hacked.

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Date: 11/9/11 2:47 AM

This happened to me a few months back. My email was hijacked, addresses and all. They said I was in England, robbed, destitute and needed money to return home or something to that effect!! I've never been to England by the way. It was right after that my bank called about my credit card with a charge from someone called Strong Developement. They had me cancel my card and denied the payment. I had to get another card with another number. I also had to change my password with yahoo. I had groups I belonged to cutting me off till it was straightened out. It was a craaazy time for me.

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Date: 11/9/11 4:28 AM

I suggest the following:

1--send the money to me instead
2--as long as you have your friend's number, call her
3--tell her to change as much info as she can

She can go to Ask-Leo.com and do a search for Hotmail hacked. He suggests changing the password, alternate e-mail address, and secret questions if they ask those and anything else she can change.

I'm not certain exactly how this works, but if he truly got into her account, he could request a password change and she would have a difficult time getting in. From what I've read, Hotmail does not have much customer support.

What a horrible thing having to close an e-mail account and opening another. All those saved e-mails---ugh.

I'm too much of a lady to say what I think should happen to people who do these bad things to us.

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Date: 11/9/11 7:48 AM

its a scam. carefully check out the wording and think about your friend. would he/she write like that? word things that way? then think....would they really contact you for $$? there are usually some funny errors in them

you should probably CALL to let her know she has been hacked. DO NOT respond to that email, you are giving the hackers your email address.

this is very common and as far as contacting someone.....hotmail, yahoo and facebook do nothing. Actually, I don't know what they can do.

you can take this experience seriously by updating your passwords to something a little more complicated
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oh, forgot to mention, it was a tough lesson for me. They deleted all my contacts and my inbox. I had and recommend multiple emails. One as the casual conversation/facebook/misc email and separate one for businesses. My password is now more complicated with special characters etc. Luckily it was insomnia night for me and I actually was online when it happened and saw a password change notification going to my alternative email. I got control back within the hour but the damage was done; then spent the rest of the day updating passwords and security.
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Date: 11/9/11 8:36 AM

I think calling is the best bet. I've been getting some weird emails from someone that belongs to my dog group. Messages I know she'd never send. So a new round of phishing is going on. I've also been getting vague email about a facebook account to my work email which of course is not linked to any facebook account.

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