Same Scam, Different Source

Earlier this year I wrote an article for earlier this year on an on-line scam (Another Scam).  I remembered it a few minutes ago when I got the same phishing e-mail from an aunt in California, who unfortunately got mugged on an unannounced surprise trip to Manila.

Of course, my aunt is not in Manila… not that I can reach her right now, but seeing as the text is nearly identical to the one I cited in July.  Obviously her e-mail account was hijacked, and the scammers are praying on the goodness of all of her contacts.  As I state in the article I have heard horror stories of intelligent people being scammed out of thousands of dollars by this scam.

I wrote my aunt an e-mail immediately – after leaving urgent voice mails at her home, office, and mobile – telling her what she had to do:

      1. Change your e-mail password immediately! (along with all of your other passwords – they will likely have been compromised too).
      2. Send an e-mail to ALL of your contacts and let them know that you are safe, and to NOT send you money.
      3. Go to the following site:  At the bottom there is a section ‘How to Report Crime & Fraud.’  You must report this!!

I do not know if she will get it in time – My aunt is not a very technologically connected woman.  On the other hand she is a wonderful woman with a big heart, and I am sure a lot of her friends will be concerned and willing to help.  It is because of this that it is so important that I get this message out… tell your friends and family about it, because they could be next.

    On a related note, I am glad that I went to the trouble of changing ALL of my on-line passwords yesterday!

4 responses to “Same Scam, Different Source”

  1. Hi Mitch,

    A similar scam happened to our pastor, Fr. Peter. He hadn’t been away 24 hours on a trip to the Holy Lands when we got an e-mail asking for $1,950 as a loan that he would repay on his return. It claimed he was in London, UK. We knew that he flew from Toronto to Rome on the first leg of the trip. The UK mention was the red flag.Several dozen of his parishioners got the same scam e-mail. The police got involved very quickly.

  2. Another recommendation is to never leave your laptop unattended, I takes next to no time for someone to send a malicious email. If you have to leave, turn it off. Right Mitch? 😉

    1. Turning it off is definitely best, but a good compromise is to LOCK IT! 🙂

  3. Happened to someone I know. One of her friends almost believe she was in [I think] Spain and needed [something] like $3000. Her friend decided to call her and found out about the scam. Odd part was that even after changing her password to the most rediculously hard password, they still got in. Possible that they were using a mail client [i.e. WLMail, Thunderbird, etc.] and never logged out – and so the password didn’t take effect?

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