Saturday, May 22, 2010
Email Accounts Hacked!
My 2 email accounts, chiaraazlinquestion AT yahoo.com, and the other one that I reply from, have been hacked.
Any emails from me about my being lost in London blah blah are a scam, and the same one as was used on Susie of Arabia's account.
Because I had 2 accounts communicating with each other, I did briefly get a message, which wouldn't, however, let me delete the new hacker address as the primary.
The hacker address is:
meghan.almaas AT yahoo.com
I am unable to access either of the 2 accounts now, one was deleted it seems, and the other I don't have the "correct" password for.
I was very upset, but am relieved to know it was a scam rather than a more personal action. I would make a joke about sending me funds for Paris, but it really isn't funny.
I have changed the blog address to: chezchiara2 AT yahoo DOT com ****updated (26-05)
If you already have the other email address, add a 2 before @
As I can reconstruct some contact information but not all, please send me an email to either new address so I can find you easily! :)
Please do so, if relevant, with a copy of our correspondence about Personal Stories in progress, as they are now hacked as well.
If you have suggestions about whether it is possible for me to retrieve what was on either original yahoo account from my hard drive I would appreciate it.
Thank you to everyone who left a blog comment to warn me about the scam. Up until I checked for comments I had no idea that is what had happened. I won't publish those comments, but will heed the advice given and include it in a follow-up post.
A special thank you to Aafke. We have had our differences, but it was very kind of you to send me a comment here letting me know about the hacking and the scam.
Thanks to all!
*Part 2 of the scam seems to be another email to have you send your email along to protect you from the hacker. I haven't sent any such email to anyone.
*Part 3 of the scam: I got one too, at a different address, "to", "mailed by", and "signed by" are as copied here in red (for Dante's 8th circle of Hell, the Fraudsters):
from Chiara Alma
date 22 May 2010 08:33
subject HELP NEEDED!!!
Signed by yahoo.com
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and i came down here to London,UNITED KINGDOM, for spring break to visit a resort and got mugged at gun point last night at the park of the hotel where we lodged.All cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off me.we've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all,our flight leaves today and I'm having problems settling the hotel bills.
The hotel manager won't let us leave until i settle the hotel bills(1500GBP)now am freaked out.Please reply and let me know if you can have the money wire to me through western union i promise to pay back as soon as i get back home.
*Part 4 of the scam: My Facebook account was involved too. I am deliberately Facebook friendless, and have never left anything on anyone's wall.
*Part 5 of the scam: The scam virus infects the email account hacked with a forwarding scheme that lets it identify new accounts/ passwords. This is detected by a "reply-to" the originally hacked email address added after sending an email from the new account. This "reply-to" is invisible except if you select the option after receiving an email to show all the details of the sending from and to. As a result the new address for the blog contact is chezchiara2 AT yahoo DOT com. All emails sent to the previous one have been forwarded, thanks.
Please feel free to comment on this phenomenon, and to share your own experiences.
Any advice is welcome, as are any other comments, thoughts, experiences.
Don't forget to email the new addresses! :) *to chezchiara2 AT yahoo DOT com