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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Personalized Scam Online: Swindling the Account Holders' Friends and Acquaintances

I opened an email and I was surpised! Someone I know was asking for help. I also got a warning from gmail that there is a probability that someone might have cracked the email of this person. She is a fellow Filipina blogger and probably, if the content is not suspicious, there would be many willing to lend a hand! Look at the message below, if your friend or someone you know sends you that kindof message, you'll more likely fall for it, right? After posting this, I will have to reach this lady or her husband via their blogs and warn them of this.

The red part highlighted  (though in Italian since my lappy has this default language) is a warning and that's for me to NOT trust the message right away. I assume countless similar messages were sent out from  Rose's account.

Naturally, I will not reply to the email. The hacker might still have the control of her account if this is indeed the case. This is getting rampant, I am afraid someone is doing the same to my account! :=(

Now it's confirmed, Rose is okay and in fact aware of this case. She also posted this in her blog and warned everyone. Here is link to her post about this hacking of her email address.


  1. Hi sis, tthanks a lot for this. The shitty ba$%&#@D actually deleted all my contact in my address book. He took him two hours to send all this.

    A Filipina friend of mine who replied back got a reply so quick. Here's the reply he sent her.

    Am glad you replied back,we missed our return flight and was unable to access the internet until now, I have nothing left on me right now and I am lucky to have my life and passports with me it would have been worst if they had made away with my passports. Well all I need now is just $1,550 you can have it wired to my name via Western Union I'll have to show my passport as ID to pick it up here and i promise to pay you back as soon as I get back home.Here's my info below:

    Name: Rose Cottrill
    Location: 63 Cannon Street
    London, EC4N 5AA, UK

    As soon as it is done, kindly get back to me with the Western Union Confirmation Number. Let me know if you are heading to the WU outlet now???

    My question is, do they make ID with my picture to claim the money if someone really sent it? The address really exist, I googled it.

    Haiiizzzz what an experience.

    Thanks again sis.

  2. i will not reply to this email, either

  3. Thanks for posting this email. Right, there are many of these scammers online. My bro in Singapore even received a letter sent to his house in Singapore telling him he won a lottery. I had a personal encounter with one. I chatted with a Nigerian who disguised himself as a white American. He wont allow me to see him in a webcam. I already doubted how he composed his English. When he told me he wants to see ME but but I need to send him a digital camera first. Bingo! I got the exact word. :)

  4. Roj, thanks for warning us!
    it is actually extremely scary to see how (too) creative those hackers become/became:-((

  5. btw, my hotmail has been sending end of last year spam mails to almost all of my contact list (the so called spoofing)...I first had to delete all my contacts (to avoid them getting too many spam mails) until i figured what to do...I thn changed my password and it seems a bit better now;

  6. Uncle Sam has always wanted my money.
    I delete ALL scary emails.
    Hope you are doing well!


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