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A Lexington Woman’s E-mail Account Hacked

Liz Epperson, a woman living in Lexington (Kentucky), became a victim of Internet fraudsters in the fourth week of June 2010.

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) officials, a hacker broke into the personal e-mail account of Epperson and sent fake e-mails that caused a lot of problems to some Kentuckians, as reported by kentucky on July 6, 2010.

The e-mail message states - Epperson is writing this e-mail with tears in eyes - but it has some typographical errors.

The e-mail further states that Epperson and her family have come to Wales (United Kingdom) for spending vacations, but they were attacked by unknown people at the park of the hotel. They took away all their cash and credit card, including cell phone, but fortunately left their passports.

The family members visited the embassy and Wales Police, but could not get any help from them on any of the issues, said the e-mail. They need to pay the hotel bills and the hotel manager will not let them go until they clear the dues, said the e-mail.

Epperson asked her friends who sent reply to the e-mail that they should wire transfer $1,200 to an address in Wales, as reported by Kentucky on July 6, 2010.

According to the BBB officials, Nigerian scammers have made Epperson victim by sending the fake e-mails. The officials further reveal that these types of scams have been running for more than ten years and messages are sent not only through e-mails, but also through SMS texts, letters and Fax.

The BBB reports that there types of e-mails are generally crafted outside of the United States. Therefore, the American law enforcement agencies failed to deal with cyber criminals running these scams from abroad.

However, in order to avoid falling victims to above kind of e-mail scams, computer users need to follow some strict instructions. They should maintain a list of their credit card accounts and bank accounts to keep it at a secure place so that when there is any problem they quickly inform to the card issuer to freeze their accounts. This will help them from criminals who seek to take advantage from them. Computers users are also recommended that they should install security software and update them regularly so that hackers could not break into their e-mail accounts.

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