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|How to fight the "Mugged overseas" email scam|
|News - Web Development|
|Written by Tim Black|
|Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:17|
Has one of your friends apparently sent an email like this?
My sincere regrets for this sudden request, things actually got out of control on my trip to London. I was mugged,all my belongings including cellphone and credit card were all stolen at gun point. I need your help flying back home and paying my Hotel bills. Am cash strapped at the moment. I've made contact with my bank but the best they could do was to send me a new card in the mail which will take 3-5 working days to arrive here.
It's a scam. Here's what I do in response: I send my friend the following email (I sent this today to an OPC missionary in Uganda whose GMail account was hacked), and / or call him on the phone:
You should know that this email went out impersonating you using your email address.
I'm somewhat familiar with the scam below, because a number of my friends have been victimized by it. Most of my friends don't travel out of the country very often, but you do(!) so the email below might fool more recipients than normal. Normally the way the scam begins is by a hacker hacking into your real email account and sending false emails from your email account to people in your address book. Because it begins that way, the two key steps to fixing the problem are:
4) Beware that on unsecured, or on WEP-encrypted networks, you should avoid logging into accounts you don't want hackers to get into.
5) Even at strongly-secured (WPA encryption) wireless and wired networks in public locations, be aware that you cannot always trust the owner of the network. Decide whether you trust the owner before using a password over the network.
6) Upgrade your web browser to its most recent version.
I know some of the above practices may be more restrictive than what you need to do in your situation, but I want you to be aware of the best recommendations I've read to deal with this sort of problem, and you can decide what you think best to do. I also have in mind, as you are more aware than I am, that sometimes criminals can get away with more in third world countries than they do here in the US.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 13:30|