Today someone hacked my Hotmail account and sent this email to EVERYONE on my contact list:
How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and your family, I am sorry I didn't inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar/conference.
I need a favor from you as soon as you receive this email, I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money, and other valuable things were kept. Can you urgently assist me with a soft loan of $2,600 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home. You are the only one I can trust with this, please can this be between us? You have my word; I will refund you as soon as I return.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford, I'll pay you back as soon as I return I promise, Let me know if you can assist, to enable me send you the details to use in sending the money through western union.
Uh... okay... so most people in my contact list are going to know that I'm here... not in England. Why are people so ... so.... stupid? And, to make things worse, the hacker had CHANGED MY PASSWORD AND SECRET ANSWER!!
Microsoft was great, though. I went to Windows Live Help and they were able to verify I was who I said I was and I was able to get in and reset my password and change my question. While I was there, I noticed that my "alternate email address" had been changed as well... so I'm assuming I now have the hacker's email address. Bob has offered to email him and tell him "what a sorry SOB" he is... I'm leaning more to turning it over to the police.
What think you? Or...should I put it here so EVERYONE can email him? I think we need a poll.....