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Venting - Hackers

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I am so angry. My facebook and gmail accounts were hacked TWICE in the past day. angry.gif I'm hoping everything is cleared now (again) but I am just so pissed off! They sent emails to all of my contacts (including my present and past bosses) saying my fiance and I were held up at gunpoint in London and needed $1250. Luckily, I don't think anyone fell for it, or if they did, they at least tried to contact us before sending any money, but PLEASE do not EVER respond to an email of that by sending or offering to send money. This is a very common scam!!! If anyone you know was really in trouble, they would probably CALL and not email.

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Oh no that sucks! I have a few friends who have been hacked on facebook. I try to not log on except from my phone and I change my password on everything frequently cause I am always fearful of something like this happening. Good thing no one fell for it and they called you first. Those hacker scum bags!

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Marian, I also got the email and was about to put you on the alert about it but I realized that YOU (the real you) had sent me a real email apologizing. So I knew that you had found out. I am so sorry about that. My friend is going through the same thing right now and it just sucks! These people are just real meanies! Don't make it ruin your planning joy :)

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Aisha - I'm so glad you got the real email! What a nightmare! I hope it's finally fixed, but I'm going trhough deleting things like crazy from my account and saving elsewhere. When it was hacked the second time - someone else offered to send money and he is a sales person at a company I was dealing with!!! I emailed him and I just hope I reached him in time.

 

Janine - changing your password frequently is really one of the best defenses. I'm putting myself on a 90 day schedule which is what we follow at work.

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Marian no worries, I used to work for the AG's in NY and we got a lot of those complaints. I am a very skeptical person so I knew as soon as I read it, that it was a scam. It would be very unusual for you to be asking someone that you barely know for that kind of help. Another defense against hackers is not to open emails right away. Always try to read the first line in the preview mode. If it seems like something your friend would send them open it, if not just delete/spam it. That is what happened with my friend's account. Someone is using her account to send people prescription drug discounts, and stuff like that. It is sending her crazy! Thank God she has also sorted out the mess.

 

I hope the whole dilemma is over and done with. These people need to be locked up!

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i got one of those e-mails from a friend's e-mail address. i knew it was a scam and that he got hacked so for giggles i e-mailed back telling my "friend" not to worry and that i was collecting the money and that it was on it's way. the hacker actually responded saying "please hurry" and gave me more detailed information to send money to him, lol!!

 

sucks that it happened to you and my friend though. sorry you had to go through this.

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Originally Posted by mareW9 View Post
Aisha - I'm so glad you got the real email! What a nightmare! I hope it's finally fixed, but I'm going trhough deleting things like crazy from my account and saving elsewhere. When it was hacked the second time - someone else offered to send money and he is a sales person at a company I was dealing with!!! I emailed him and I just hope I reached him in time.

Janine - changing your password frequently is really one of the best defenses. I'm putting myself on a 90 day schedule which is what we follow at work.
Yeah that is where I got the idea from. When I worked at CitiSmithBarney they used to make us change our passwords every 90 days and then I started doing it at home. Aisha is right, don't let it spoil your planning joy!

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Thanks, guys - finally got everything back together late last week... after A LOT of password changing and a new laptop. FI is in IT security so everything has been pretty well locked down now! wink.gif I was a bit leery of online surfing for a while, but back to planning now!

 

Aisha - that's so cool that you worked at the AG's office!

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