419 Scammers Hack Email, Target Friends & Family With Request For Money

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This is a particularly disturbing scam that's been passed my way, courtesy of reader MTGarden.

The scammers in question hacked a colleagues EMail account, then sent out a request for money to the people on the hacked accounts contact list, claiming they were overseas and without cash. The EMail looked like this:

I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to Europe for a
program called Empowering Youth to Fight Racism,HIV/AIDS,and Lack of
Education,the program is taking place in three major countries in Europe
which are Czech Republic,Scotland and England,I am presently in

I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other
valuable things were kept.I will like you to assist me with a soft loan
urgently with the sum of ?2000 British Pounds to sort-out my hotel bills
and get myself back home.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford, I'II pay you back as soon as
i return.Kindly look for any western union and use this informations
below to send me whatever you can afford.

Name : <redacted>
Address :<redacted>
Zip code: <redacted>
State : <redacted>
Country :<redacted>
Test Question :To who?
Answer :<name removed>
Amount send ?:2000

Once you have it sent, please send me the money transfer control
number,with details used in sending it.
I await to read from you.

....yikes. All you'd need is one or two non-tech savvy people (relatives would obviously work best here) on the contact list and you'd quickly have a large problem on your hands. If you have anyone like that on your contact list - and most of us do - it might be worth letting them know about this scam. As a sidenote, I should add that the person in question regained control of their EMail account and no money was sent to the scammers.

Be on your guard...

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