Last week, a hacker got into my email account on MSN... This hacker made my life miserable for a week. He/she got my address book and emailed the people in my email list. The email subject said URGENT and said it was from me. So, people opened it thinking it was from me. The email said that I had to make an unexpected business trip to London and that I was in trouble and to please send me $2800. They had my phone #'s but inverted the numbers. If you called that number you got an answering machine. Most people recognized it as a scam, but some did not and they were soley concerned for my welfare. I was locked out of my MSN account because the hacker had changed my user name and password. I was able to get in once and change the password, but the hacker was having all of my email forwarded to him/her. So, it was only a matter of hours before the hacker was back into my computer again!!!
My frustration level was growing at a rapid rate along with my blood pressure. I called the Simsbury Police Dept. to report this issue, but there wasn't much they could do about it. They recognized it as a scam and told me that the hacker was from out of the country. Even though the Simsbury Police couldn't help, I felt better just telling them about it.
I finally called my computer guy Mike at Click. Mike is an absolute genius with computers. I cannot tell you how many times he has saved me. He spent the morning with me on Friday and managed to move my email account to a place where I hope it will be safe. I am telling you all this because I want to make you aware of the scam that is going on. If you get an email that says URGENT, DON'T open it! I also understand that there is another scam that says you can get a free ipad. So Beware!
I lost several days of work because I was not able to communicate with my clients by email. It's a very helpless feeling to not know how to stop something like this. Thank goodness for Mike.