Hackers Use Email Address Books

Here's the latest from our "friends" in Nigeria. The scammer breaks into a victim's email account, impersonates the victim and sends a plea for help to everyone in their address book. The scammer asks for money and access to email passwords to "verify information." the subject line generally screams "emergency!!!" and details the victim having been mugged in Nigeria.


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  • by Alice Location: Edenton on Nov 26, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    Someone keeps calling and saying they're from DOT, and asking all kinds of questions. Refuse to talk but they have called about 20 times in the last 2 weeks.Have told them to stop but they keep calling. ID is 215-790-8900
  • by Michele Location: Greenville, NC on Nov 23, 2007 at 10:23 AM
    I've been getting a lot of scm e-mails from nigeria and out of the country say that I've inherited millions of dollars and to send all my personal informations and of course I did'nt they change there name and change there story but they are all in this scam 2 gether. I's a good thing that im aware of these scams. Of course thay say that I have to pay 4 or 5 hundred dollars for courier cost and I just flat out say im not paying one dime right up front but they keep trying everyday and I just let them know that im on to them and that im going to turn my pc over to the proper authorities and no word for a day or two then a new story from a new man or woman . So I told them that I was at the airport with my attorney's and his legal assistant had them in the got seat and of course I wasent and they were furios because they said that I was not suppose to come without prior authrization but I was only playing along with there scandolus game. In short they never got any info. from me. n
  • by melissa Location: newport on Nov 15, 2007 at 02:48 PM
    i also got an email from nigeria saying that i inherited 20 million from a man that had no family and that they picked my name off of the internet. they said that all i needed to do was send them a fee of 150 dollars so that they can prove i am who i say i am. which i wouldn't do, so they stopped contacting me.
  • by Donna Location: New Bern on Nov 15, 2007 at 12:41 PM
    I have been receiving emails from Nigeria claiming I have inherited money from relative. When I didn't fall for that they offered to share the money with me if I would say I was the relative.
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