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Scottish Cyclist Victimized with Scam E-Mail

Mark Beaumont the Scottish cyclist champion has reported of being victimized with identity theft following online criminals who infiltrated his e-mail that they used for dispatching fake e-mails to every address on his contact list, published News.stv.tv in news on May 5, 2011.

Using the header "Hi," the fake electronic mail states that Beaumont has a sudden request which he regrets, but things were not fine while he was traveling to Valencia, Spain. Actually, during a vacation there, robbers took away his belongings including credit cards, cash and cell-phone.

The famous cyclist seems to write that the experience was truly traumatic, however, he now requires his (e-mail recipient) assistance, while he's attempting at raising certain amount of money since he's without any right now. Moreover, he did get in touch with his bank; however, they said all that they could do was to send him one fresh card that'll take 2 to 4 days to reach. Thus he requires some money on loan from the recipient for rearranging everything back to normal following which he'll pay back the borrowed money once the problem is sorted, the e-mail indicates.

However, the message urges that the recipient wire the money via Western Union alternatively call at one particular hotel number in Spain where Beaumont is supposedly staying.

Unluckily, Beaumont has been struck with an "Advance-Fee Fraud" or the "419 scam." The said type of scam has always been in circulation as well as astonishingly successful in tricking people. Further, the perpetrators are normally scammers from outside the country, who aren't easy to trace.

In the meantime, Beaumont, while reacting sharply against the breach of his e-mail stated that he'd been trying to determine the happenings since many people on his mailing list had been contacting him, and the list was huge. News.scotsman.com published this on May 5, 2011.

Beaumont further stated that he'd been attempting at accessing his e-mail, but the hacker had set a new password. Eventually, he hoped the scam hadn't preyed on anyone else as the e-mail sounded more credible rather than being the typical phishing electronic mail that promised impossible things.

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