Sorry to bother you with this. Am presently on a trip to Spain to see my ill Cousin. She's suffering from a kidney disease and must undergo Kidney Transplant to save her life. I'm deeply sorry for not writing or calling you before leaving, the news of her illness arrived to me as an emergency and that she needs family support to keep her going, I hope you understand my plight and pardon me.
Kidney Transplant is very expensive here and her medical insurance will not cover the bill and we are kinda of short of cash at the moment and Am wondering if you can be of any assistance to me so we can go ahead with necessary arrangement for the sugery,I need you to assist me with a loan of $1,500 to sort-out some few things here urgently so that they can go ahead with the sugery.I traveled with little cash due to the short noticed and I never expected things to be the way they are right now.
she is going through a lot at the moment and the doctors have advised that they have her operated on time to avoid anything from going wrong. I will really appreciate whatever amount you can come up with, if not all and i promise to reimburse you at my return, get back to me asap.
Anticipating you reply at the earliest to my request and keep us in your prayers."
I do know a person with this email address and obviously someone has either had access to her computer or hacked into her email account.
There is no way the person I know wrote this. Would my opening it have a negative consequences to me?
It sounds like spam got into your regular email account by mistake. It happens to me all the time. I try not to open emails from addresses I don't recognize but I have done it by mistake too. So far I haven't had any problems with my computer.
Originally posted by lady of shallot: Cavin, I do know a person with this name and email account.
That doesn't mean they sent you the email. There are lots of scams as well as viruses floating around the internet and the wording of your message sounds suspicious. A friend of mine had his account used to send a virus to several people on his email list. The reason I knew not to open the link was because he never sends emails to more than one person at a time and there were several others email addresses attached to it. When I called and asked him about it, he was completely unaware his account had been used.
What Cavin said; it's a scam, a hacker has gotten into your friend's email account, and she is unaware of it. It's very common. But to answer your original question of did you do any harm by opening it - no, it's OK to open an email as long as you don't click on a link. That's always the big no-no.
If I'm not mistaken, this is called Spoofing. Someone masquerades as a sender you know. THEIR computer has the problem.
I always change my password to my email account when this happens. They have HAD to gained access to their password (doesn't matter HOW) in order to masquerade as your friend.
What I have done to protect myself--because we never know when this happens until one of our friends opens an email purportedly from us and then asks us about it.
First, I have myelf in my email address book. That way, I will ALSO get a message that the masquerader has sent. When I see it, I immediately change my password. If I don't, they can continue sending messages to all folks in my mailbox.
Second, it's too difficult to remove everyone from MY mailbox to protect my friends.
I keep all addresses in the contact list BUT at the end add something goofy that makes it go nowhere.
As a fictitious example:
The DOT PHONEY prevents it from going to the email recipient. It just junks out. But, if I want to write them, I click the name from the address book, THEN REMOVE THE DOT PHONEY.
The greater danger lies in opening/clicking on LINKS in emails, etc.
You can protect your email buddies in this way, and you will know when your computer's been hit by putting yourself in your email contact list--you'll get a note from yourself you know you didn't write. NOTE TO SELF: change password immediately.
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Well I knew it was spam but didn't know other things that you all say.
The person is a distant relative but also a friend from h.s. of my older sister. I sent my sister the email and also another asking her to call the woman if she has her phone # which I don't have.
Thanks for the helpful advice!
Nitalynn I just told my Austin born and raised friend that I have an internet friend who lives in Austin! She wanted to know where but of course I don't know! I think Austin was quite a different city when she lived there! No link to open.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lady of shallot,
When I visited Spain a few years ago, there medical care was available to anyone and anyone could be treated without charge. Socialized I guess. Send no money and notify law enforcement as scams like this prey on kind hearted people.
Isn't spam just about the most annoying thing ever!
I had my email hacked once and didn't notice for quite some time as the spamer didn't use more than one address a day. I was so glad when someone finally let me know they had gotten a strange email "from me" instead of just deleting it. I changed my password and that cured it. I also sent out an apology to my all on email list, saying I was sorry for the bother I may have caused.
Hope your relative gets this worked out. Glad you let them know, LOS.
I keep all addresses in the contact list BUT at the end add something goofy that makes it go nowhere. /QUOTE]
I really like this idea and will implement it today. I HAVE had my yahoo account hi jacked twice and the recipients received an email from "me" selling male enhancement products. I was so, so embarrassed!!! The origin of the deceit, according to my email provider, was China.
I knew immediately of the spoof because my email address was in my contacts list too and I was able to see who all got the spoof email and I notified them with a subject line all in caps to DO NOT OPEN EMAIL FROM ME DATED (inserted date) OR CLICK ON LINKS. POSSIBLE VIRUS!!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: MyLifeVacation1,
I'm confused as to why some of you think the recipient has been hacked and needs to change password. It was my understanding that only the (purported) "sender" was hacked and needs to change password. I guess you can't be too careful though.
Emily - you can tell your friend that I live in the NW part of town. It's a VERY different city now.
My email got sold or whatever they call it...I have been getting TONS of junk email. I am just right clicking on it and then clicking "block sender". I.T. guy said to send it to junk or I have to change my email address and I really don't want to have to do that.
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We have Macs. BTW about the password. DH is very territorially about the computers (we have only recently had two) I don't even know our password except that it would be totally something to do with him.
Pre women's lib is alive and well at our house in some areas! LOL
Oh, Emily! What if something should happen to him and you couldn't access anything? Is there anything really important on the computers that you would need? In our case, it's kind of a different scenario...DH is somewhat more computer savvy than I am, but I am the one who controls all the online bank accounts, etc., and even though I've shared the passwords with him, he still worries that if something happens to me, he won't have a clue