My Yahoo Email Account Got Hacked - Sorry If You Were A Victim

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Education & Training with Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty

Hey everyone, I apologize for a previous email that went out from my YAHOO email account.
I have not used this account for months and someone hacked into it and spammed all my 16,000 contacts.

In an effort to protect this account, I have changed the passwords, contacted Yahoo,
and their spam and phishing department, they are now hopefully tracking down the culprit.

Please accept my most sincere apology, I'm sorry for the misunderstanding and inconvenience.

By the way, If I thought you needed viagra, I'd let you find the best deal on the web yourself, I wouldn't be the
guy sending you a link.  :-)

Have a great weekend, and thanks.

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Don't need the Viagra here but, your preditor must have sent you to my spam folder and I missed it!  No worries, Brad!

See you in Orlando--WOOHOO!

Jul 25, 2010 04:33 AM #20
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Gerry Michaels
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Well that sucks, I haven't gotten a viagra email in quite some time. Is no place sacred

Jul 25, 2010 05:43 AM #21
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Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Wow. I've never had an email hacked before.

Jul 25, 2010 05:57 AM #22
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Brad Andersohn
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You're all too kind! 

It's "HARD" to admit and accept when you've been violated, but I am confident that the universe will have vengeance on this perpetrator who trespassed on my contact list, and for their sake, I hope it's NOT a "Viagra karma" that repays them for their mischievous acts. :-O

Jul 25, 2010 06:20 AM #23
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Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

Broker Bryant, we will need TLW to verify that claim ;)

Jul 25, 2010 03:15 PM #24
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John Cannata
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Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Brad... Im torn between being happy NOT to receive the spam... or sad because I am not one of the 16000 contacts. :-)

Jul 25, 2010 04:48 PM #25
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Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Brad - Yep I got one too... Didn't use the link though...... hmmmm 16000 contacts? Really?

Jul 26, 2010 12:58 PM #26
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Brad Andersohn
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John - Haha~  Just added you to my contact list!  lol~

Bob - yeah, I know....sorry.  :-( 

That is 25 years worth of contacts but I'm not really sure it went out to each and every one of them, I sure hope not! 

Jul 26, 2010 01:17 PM #27
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Angela Carosi
Keller Williams Realty Homes and Estates, Smithtown/Hauppauge - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor (631) 827-0815, Long Island Suffolk County

Hey Brad,...I did get one...but could tell right away that it was not the way u work the AR mail..and did not follow the link...

Hope you do re-cover some of your 25 yrs worth =)

Jul 26, 2010 05:21 PM #28
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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Like Angela I received the link..but was a bit leery so I did not open it. Besides, why would you be sending me an email? Just kidding!

Jul 27, 2010 01:01 AM #29
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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
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Thanks for letting us know,,, Hopefully it was just a junk message and not spreading a virus.  If I happen to get an email from you, I won't even open it, at least for a few days.

Jul 27, 2010 01:05 AM #30
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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
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When I had my yahoo account hacked I thought I did something wrong but now I realize it can happen to anyone!!!!! See you at RainCamp!

Jul 27, 2010 01:54 AM #31
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Bob Willis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Orange, CA
Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent

I feel flattered to have been one of the lucky recipients of the email.  I'm sure you will share what you will learn on how we can better protect our yahoo email accounts, so I'm looking forward to that message.  But, please post it on AR, rather than send in in an email. :)

Jul 27, 2010 03:33 AM #32
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Brad Andersohn
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Once I find out from Yahoo Mail how my account was hacked and how this can be prevented by otheres in the future, you can bet I'll be posting about it. I have seen this happen to many others but never thought it could happen to me, especially as a paying member of Yahoo email services.

Don't think for a second this can't and won't happen to you, hopefully I'll be able to help reduce the odds of it happening to you if yahoo mail will ever get back to me about this.  They are not very responsive at all to my calls or emails. Hmmm...  a bit frustrating for sure. 

Stay tuned.....   :-)

Jul 27, 2010 03:43 AM #33
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Brad Andersohn
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Been over a week and still no response or word from the folks at YAHOO. 
At least us folks here at AR get back to our members, at least I do...  :-O

Jul 29, 2010 02:42 PM #34
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Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
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I didn't get the Viagra email but I have received mail order Russian brides, cheap Rolex watches and pirated software emails.  Were those yours?  :)

Jul 30, 2010 04:10 PM #35
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Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
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Hello Brad, yes - I was surprised to see one of your e-mails in my spam folder (I have a Viagra filter set up).  I thought perhaps the Hairbender Coffee must have had a perverse effect on you!  John

Jul 31, 2010 03:35 AM #36
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Kristina Heili
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Woodbury, MN
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16,000 contacts? My old city phone book doesn't even have that many names? (Sorry about ignoring the true content of your post; I just can't get past 16,000 contacts! At 500 maximum allowed e-mails per day, it would take my contact manager 32 days to reach everybody! Forget about any urgent matters!)

Aug 02, 2010 11:26 AM #37
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Maya Thomas, Broker
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What an invasion of privacy.  How frustrating and time consuming to correct.  Sorry that you went through that.

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