My yahoo email account was hacked around 6:15am this morning. I did not know it until I started getting emails from family and friends and then I started getting phone calls. I could not even quickly email my contacts as my entire address book was gone.
Apparently I am traveling in Europe and was robbed. Cash, airline tickets and all credit cards were taken, luckily I had left my passport at the hotel but I needed money to catch my flight today.
The crooks changed my email address by capitalizing one of the letters so unless you look very carefully you would think it is from me. Papa Bear's address was in my address book too so he got an email from (me) and I replied back to the fake address to find out where to send (me) some money. Once Papa Bear was on the way to the Western Union office he is suppose to send them an email and then when home email them the confirmation number. The crooks asked Papa Bear for $1400.00 with a promise that I could repay him as soon as I returned home.
Most everyone in my address book knows our home situation with us as caregivers for our son and we certainly would not be traveling in Europe. I just hope and pray no one fell for the scam who doesn't have our cell phone numbers to verify. We stopped using land lines several years ago.
I don't know how hacking works but I know I had to jump through hoops to try to contact Yahoo about this. I had to verify my password several times and then give them my security question and answer. Seems to me that if my location is in Florida 99% of the time wouldn't all kinds of bells and whistles have been going off at Yahoo when "I" logged in from Nigeria?
We have had internet for about 17 years and this is the first time we have had an event. Guess we've been lucky.