SCAM MAIL: A woman’s brush with hackers is a timely warning that vital information from your computer could find itself out in cyberspace.
SCAM MAIL: A woman’s brush with hackers is a timely warning that vital information from your computer could find itself out in cyberspace. Manipulated by Chrissy Harris

Hackers steal bank account details

 

INTERNET, phone and personal scams are a serious and scary part of life.

For one childcare worker, her world was turned upside down when her identity was stolen and used as part of an email scam asking for money.

An email was sent from her work account to numerous people on her contact list asking them to lend her money as she was overseas.

The email stated that the person in question had misplaced their wallet and needed people to transfer money into their overseas bank account asking for a total of £1900.

After receiving several angry calls from people in her life questioning why she needed money and when she went overseas, she was surprised to learn about the scam.

“I wasn't impressed at all,” she said. “Everyone was calling me asking ‘what the hell' did I need money for and it was the first I had heard of it.”

After receiving wind of the scam she immediately contacted her bank only to find her account had been locked and she could no longer gain access to it.

“They had locked us out of my account and wiped all my email contacts,” she said.

When her account was finally reinstated she was shocked to see it had been accessed by someone in South Africa, alerting her that she had, in fact, been hacked.

“There was a big red alert on my account saying that my account had been accessed from South Africa – I don't even know anyone in South Africa,” the childcare worker said.

“I have never seen or heard of anything like this before, I don't understand how it happens and why it happened to me.”

The woman wants to warn about email scams but is concerned as it was a random attack.

“I just don't know why I was targeted in the first place.

“I don't know how to warn others because I had all the appropriate internet security in place. You just have to make sure your (computer) password is hard to crack and be aware that these things can happen.”



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