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Cybercriminals Hack Email Account of Tony Carlisle

Shieldsgazette.com reported on 15th August, 2015 stating that cybercriminals hacked the inbox of 57 year old Tony Carlisle, organizer of Great North Dog Walk and sent out emails, impersonating him, asking for cash to more than 50,000 individuals on his contact list.

The message said that Mr. Carlisle and his partner Nicola Greenan had been robbed by a gang of criminals while on a holiday to Turkey and required 1,650 Pound immediately to pay hotel bills.

But, in reality, he was at home and making preparations for his wedding.

Mr. Carlisle says that his would-be-bride, a mother to three, have been crying due to this scam.

He is chiefly worried because the frauds mentioned about his upcoming marriage and also know his would-be-bride's name.

Mr. Carlisle admits that this online scam almost moved him 'over the edge' as it happened soon after doctors told him that the reports of a recent cancer biopsy won't be available for another few days.

He expected to get all-clear before his wedding after having many wounds removed from his skin.

Mr. Carlisle is requesting friends and charity groups who have got the email notification not to send money and advised them to be careful about identity fraud.

Security experts comment that unfortunately Mr. Carlisle was attacked by the "stranded traveler" scam email which is a type of an advance fee fraud or 419 scam.

In such case, the contact of the victim (Mr. Carlisle in this case), who is aware that the victim is in a foreign country (Turkey in this case), will receive an email from someone (Mr. Carlisle in this case) asking the contact to wire him money to help him to return home because he has been robbed and stranded in that country.

Actually, their email account has been hacked (like Mr. Carlisle's account in this case) and this message has been sent to everyone in their address book. The hackers may also redirect email sent to the victim's account or wipe the address book of the victim so that they cannot inform everyone that the original email was a fake.

Therefore, experts advise that if you have any doubts, then call or text your friend or contact them through another email address.

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