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R W Burgess
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Hello my friends. Yes, I got hacked. I can not believe they got me this time. At any rate, I am not overseas somewhere stuck in a foreign country.

I am still in Millers Tavern today.

Money? Well, I don't need money to get back home, but if you really feel sorry for me with Christmas right around the corner, I can give you my Millers Tavern Address????:P:)

I appreciate all of the phone calls letting me know about this.

Yahoo is helping me work through this situation.

Thank you

Wayne

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Guest Jim_Edwards

Okay Wayne how about sharing a little more about what happened. I take it you got ripped off through some web site that allowed someone to hack into your account.

There are Forum software programs in use written in PHP script language that hackers find quite easy to get into user information. For example there is one car club site that every time I log into it I end up getting a pile of junk E-mail, which is to say their user files are being mined by someone every time a user longs on to the site. Actually I had my user account deleted from the site, at least I thought it was, until accidentally discovering my account was still active. Guess they found it necessary to use an old backup copy sometime.

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The standard friend got stranded and needs money email scam...

Here is the text of the scam email.

"How's everything on your end? This has had to come in a hurry and it has left me in a devastating state. I traveled to London,England for a Voluntary Training Program (VTP), and unfortunately for me all my money and cellphone was stolen at the hotel where i was staying by four armed robbers. The Embassy only cleared me of my traveling documents since I came in on unofficial purposes. The hotel telephone lines were disconnected during the robbery incident,so I have access to only emails.

My return flight back home is scheduled to leave in few hours from now but I've got to settle my bills before I'm allowed to leave....Now am freaked out....Please i need your help..

Hope to read from you soon.

Thanks and Regards.

Wayne"

Hopefully, he has his hacked email account rescued from the hackers...

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...."How's everything on your end? ......

.....Thanks and Regards.

Wayne"..........

Now really guys, you know I would never ask how everything was on your end?????:)

Thanks and REGARDS???? :rolleyes:

Ok, some of my friends are having a good time at my expense. Bob Stein wrote a note back to the fellow, paraphrasing here..."Wayne, you never sent me any money when I was in "Mongolia", so don't expect me to help you out!!!:eek::D Thanks Bob! :(

My friend from California answered the fellow too, asking how much???

London dude's answer:

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0 _yuid="yui_3_1_1_9_1321892949093336"><TBODY _yuid="yui_3_1_1_9_1321892949093335"><TR _yuid="yui_3_1_1_9_1321892949093334"><TD vAlign=top _yuid="yui_3_1_1_3_1321892949093130">Glad you replied,

Please i need you to loan me about $1,550USD so i can make arrangements to sort my bills and return back home.I will refund the money back to you as soon as i get home.You can have the money wired to me via western union,all you need is my name and location.

Here is the info you need to wire the cash to me via western union:

Receivers Name: Wayne Burgess

Address: 24 Grosvenor Square,

City: London

Zip Code: W1A 2LQ

Country: United Kingdom

Get back to me with the Confirmation Number(MTCN) and other western union transfer details used to send the money as soon as you are done with the money transfer....Thank you.

Wayne........

:D

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Here's what happened...stupid me. I have two yahoo accounts, one business, the other AACA work.

The AACA account shot me an e-mail asking me to update my account, or I would have my account shut down. I had seen something similar in the past, but I was dimwitted this morning.

I opened the e-mail, and typed my password in the proper place...ZAP. The e-mail looked very authentic.

I lost my e-mail addresses and somehow my Yahoo account now reads as Canada. Working on it......????

Forgot to mention, my business account has not ever gotten one of these e-mails. That should have told me something.:(

Wayne

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...There are Forum software programs in use written in PHP script language that hackers find quite easy to get into user information....

PHP is simply a computer language. You can write pretty secure web sites in it. Or you can write easy to hack web sites in it. Depends on how good a programmer you are and how much you work at making it secure.

Here's what happened...stupid me. I have two yahoo accounts, one business, the other AACA work.

The AACA account shot me an e-mail asking me to update my account, or I would have my account shut down. I had seen something similar in the past, but I was dimwitted this morning.

I opened the e-mail, and typed my password in the proper place...ZAP. The e-mail looked very authentic.

I lost my e-mail addresses and somehow my Yahoo account now reads as Canada. Working on it......????

Wayne

My rule is to never ever click on a link in an email. If it claims to be from some company or organization that I have dealings with and it looks reasonably authentic, then I will open a browser and type in the URL of the organization. No cut and paste. Then I am pretty sure that I am getting to the real place.

This doesn't happen to me very often because I've got my mail program setup to show "full headers" and I generally notice that emails purporting to being from the organization were received from a DSL line in Asia, Latin America or elsewhere. Obviously a bogus location for a legitimate US company or other US based organization to be sending email from.

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PHP is simply a computer language. You can write pretty secure web sites in it. Or you can write easy to hack web sites in it. Depends on how good a programmer you are and how much you work at making it secure.

My rule is to never ever click on a link in an email. If it claims to be from some company or organization that I have dealings with and it looks reasonably authentic, then I will open a browser and type in the URL of the organization. No cut and paste. Then I am pretty sure that I am getting to the real place.

This doesn't happen to me very often because I've got my mail program setup to show "full headers" and I generally notice that emails purporting to being from the organization were received from a DSL line in Asia, Latin America or elsewhere. Obviously a bogus location for a legitimate US company or other US based organization to be sending email from.

I hope you realize the average computer user hasn't a clue about how to read the full header file found with each and every E-Mail. And of course once one has been opened to the point of being able to read the header file the damage may have already been done if it has a virus or data miner attached to it or embedded within the text or an image file.

Of course as you mentioned, one should never open up an attachment to an E-Mail unless you are absolutely certain of its origin and even then one may be taking a risk when friends forward something they have found or has been sent to them. Best thing is to be constantly running a quality anti-virus program and one or more firewalls. A quality anti-virus program requires one subscribe and be receiving frequent updates, as in maybe several times daily. No anti-virus program is worth a flip if it hasn't been updated within the last six hours or more often.

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Guest Art Griffin

Wayne,

My e-mail account was hacked at the end of August in a similar manner, and it occurred right after I had checked my e-mail on my laptop at a hotel that had open wireless Internet.....no security code required for access. First thing I did was to change my password. Hopefully YAHOO can help you restore your Contact List.

Sorry for the SCAM.

Art

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Absolutely no email company will ever ask you to confirm your information. No bank or financial institution will either. I get XYZ company has cancelled your payment, please confirm this or that. That is always a red flag. Email them directly or call if you have doubts.

Mouse over (place your cursor over the link but DON't CLICK and look at the bottom of the screen to see where it's it's actual target is) any links to see that the go where you believe they are going. You can make any link look like its going to any website when its really going someplace else.

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Last week Howie Mandell was on Leno's and had a joke about this scam.

He said he recieved the email and to confirm it was really one of his friends he replied "what is our favorite restaurant?" He read the lengthy response which was to effect that how can you ask that I'm in real trouble here. The hotel's phone system is down, I lost my cell phone, etc. Trust me friend I really need your help. Wire me one billion euros. Signed Salvio Burlisconi

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You can download a free mail washer program off the net and all your incoming emails will go into that for checking before you down load them into your computer.

When the email comes in you can see who sent it and who it is addressed to which is usually not you if it is scam mail ( normally the receiver name will be blank) and it allows you to open it up and have a look at it if you are not sure about it without it getting into your computer.

Once you have looked, you can bounce it back, delete it or pass it into your in mail box if it is OK

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I got the subject email and sent it to spam file.

It sounded to much like the "I'm the Minsiter of the Treasury in Nigiera and you have inherited millions" scam.

I wonder where those spam reports go. I assume nowhere.

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An Update,

I was still having problems with my account this morning. I noticed this when I sent e-mails to my business account.

On "replying all" to one of those e-mails, I would see where the hacker had gotten into my mail box and had his account waynesv vay32 (putting the two v's together looks like a w!) attached to my account as a "copy to" (if that makes sense???).

Everytime I sent out a message and someone replied to me, the hacker got a copy back in his "new name". Sneaky devil!:mad:

I will eventually move this thread to the editors/web forums so that others can be aware.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of my many friends who are still calling me and giving me support through this.

I've even had calls from Louisanna this morning and one from the fine State of Texas!:)

Thanks everyone!

Wayne

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Never a dull moment in Wayne's World. Instead of Party Time he got Spam Time. :eek: Hope you get it straight soon.

Dawn

I can feel the love, Dawn!!!! Wayne:)

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Wayne;

I'm kind of upset, I didn't get a chance to bail you out also!!!. A friend of mine who is a police officer had the same thing happen. He was reportedly mugged (he is about 6'3 and 200 pounds on pure muscle..I would have paid to see that), penniless and stranded in England. This came to me the day after I had talked to him at an accident scene. He never got any satisfaction. Good luck.

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Guest Gary Hearn

Who would have thought there was internet service in Millers Tavern? Next thing you will be trying to tell us there is an airport in Tappahannock....

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Who would have thought there was internet service in Millers Tavern? Next thing you will be trying to tell us there is an airport in Tappahannock....

Actually Gary, there is an airport, no, two airports in Tappahannock!:P

Well, one airport now houses all of the downed trees, and housing debris from the hurricane.

Ummm, if you land real slow, you can miss most of it, though!:D

I smell turkey guys....... later.......!!!!!:cool:

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