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For years, I felt lucky that I'd never gotten any scam letters or e-mails .. no Nigerian princes asking little me to help get money out of their country, no long-lost relatives needing to be bailed out of foreign prisons, nada!
Then yesterday morning it came, an e-mail from a childhood friend I very rarely hear from, about having all of their valuables stolen while on a trip to the Philipines, and being rushed to the hospital with trauma. This friend of mine just happens to be both a practicing physician & attorney, and believe me .. they don't get traumatized!
I forwarded the e-mail to my friend with the warning that her e-mail had apparently been hacked. The interesting thing - and a good warning for all - is that if you just "REPLY" to the e-mail, look VERY CAREFULLY at the e-mail address that shows up .. because in this case, it had one letter duplicated from the legitimate e-mail address! That's something a lot of people might not even notice, and their response would be going directly to the hacker, instead of the friend/relative!!
I was very tempted to also reply to the hacker & tell him off, but then decided it was better not to engage at all with them .. even to threaten that the police had been notified!
I wonder if now that they have my e-mail address, they'll use it to try to scam my contacts .. or it doesn't work that way?!