Outsmarted by a Computer Hacker

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Definition of Computer Hacker

In the computer security context, a hacker is someone who seeks and exploits weaknesses in a computer system or computer network. Hackers may be motivated by a multitude of reasons, such as profit, protest, challenge, enjoyment, or to evaluate those weaknesses to assist in removing them.

How Computer Scammers Tricked me into Giving out Personal Information

I like to think I have become somewhat savvy when it comes to computer do's and don'ts. Truth be told, when I hear of people that have been "HAD," because of giving out information they shouldn't, I think to myself, "why would you do that?" We all know there are scammers just waiting to hack our computers or trying to make money because we give them the information they need. I just didn't think that person would turn out to be me.

I totally blew it and here is where they got me. I started getting emails on my hotmail account about three months ago. The email was informing me that hotmail was working on updating their site. It basically said that I had to get back to them if I didn't want to lose my hotmail account. I had to fill out some form If I wanted to renew my account. I kept procrastinating on filling out the information, knowing they gave me a date with which to respond. Every day I got the same reminder that I needed to eventually fill out the form or no more email account. The number of emails I was receiving, got me anxious, because I obviously didn't want to lose my ability to send and receive emails.


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How I Fell for a Scam and Gave out my Personal Information

Sunday afternoon I went to my local Caribou Coffee with my niece. We each ordered our favorite beverage and found a cozy booth to sink into. While she read her book and I read emails, I got an urgent message that said, my time was up to respond to the updated version of hot mail. I scrolled down and saw they wanted me to give them some information. I ended up giving out my password, my name and country. A voice in my head told me something was wrong, but all the emails I had received in the past, made me ignore the voice.

Computer Scam and Story

That evening, the phone rang and my sister picked up. I heard a serious tone in her voice as she spoke to the person on the other end. I wondered what the call was about and felt worried something was wrong. It turned out to be dear friends of ours that wanted to inform me my email account had been hacked. They explained they received an urgent letter which went out to everyone on my contact list. It stated something about me needing money so I could fly out to England to be with a sick cousin. My cousin needed a hysterectomy but couldn't afford the surgery. My friends felt the letter was a scam because they knew it wasn't my style to ask for money on-line. They also knew I'm not a big fan of flying. Lastly, if it was me, I would end a letter of this magnitude with heartfelt thanks for their consideration.

Conclusion to having Computer Hacked

The least of my worries is, I can't log into my email account anymore and will have to set a new password. The worst part is, I'm embarrassed that I gave out personal information to some on-line con. I am also sad that some of my friends worried about me and some so-called cousin. I am grateful for the phone call that alerted me to this situation. I never thought I would fall victim to these criminals, but they got me when my guard was down. I hope this article will be helpful, so you don't have to go through the hassle and humiliation of being scammed.


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AliciaC profile image

AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I haven’t had an experience like yours yet, but I’m often afraid that I’m going to. Some of the email scams are very clever. I’d had emails that look like they really are sent by a particular company or website. They have the same design and same format as the real company’s emails. Thanks for your warning.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Wow, well thanks for learning that lesson on my behalf!


marellen 5 years ago

Its very scary out there, we all need to beware and pay closer attention to this matter. Great Hub but sorry this happened to you.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I got an email from you asking for $2500 dollars and a couple of weeks ago one from Micky Dee wanting money and I have copied them both.

Polly


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

It is getting more hard to avoid hackers as they seem to be getting more tricky and if they catch us on a bad day..not good..I have not had anything happen yet..Thanks for a great hub and makes us more aware.

Sunnie


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether

there's also a facebook scam out there now in which the hackers hack into your facebook account and ask people through messages and chat for money...it happened to someone i know. the hackers were saying that my friend had been kidnapped and was being held for ransom in england! which was hilarious because everyone knew that she wasn't in england and couldn't possibly be! anyway, lesson learned on your end...don't fill out any suspicious forms through email. :) don't worry though, it happens to everyone. i've even had a hacker hack into my paypal account...which was an expensive experience...at least you didn't lose money. good hub, thanks!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Yes, these people are very tricky. If they worked as hard at legitimate enterprises as they do at these cons, they would be extememly wealthy. The devisors of these schemes are very smart. I am sorry it happenend to you. It alerts me to be even more careful. Thanks for the warning.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

UH-OH, I think they got me too. I couldn't sign into my account and followed all of the directions and reset my password,verified my alternate email and then finally .... this took place over a couple of days, the last choice was to give them my phone number and they would call or text with a code I needed to put in and I gave them my number. Come to think of it, I never received the call or text. I rarely use the account, I use another but I did receive a text just yesterday about becoming a Mystery Shopper, etc, and I just deleted the text. CRAP Now they have my main email address and my phone number, plus I still can't get into the account.

Thank so much for writing this. I'll have to make some calls today and see if I can get this straightened out. I don't think I have any personal emails stored in that account, just businesses but then I gave them my personal account too .... what an idiot I feel like.

I can so relate to your feelings. I thought I was sharper than that. Dang it. You did a real service here by warning people!!! Thank-you


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I just did a search for Hot mail hacker on Google to see what information I could get and there are adds showing people how they can hack into MSN accounts to "learn interesting information about them" ... great, so now what do we do??? BTW don't try to reset your password and give them your phone number and/or an alternate account email account. That's how they got me.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I'm about as computer literate as Attila the Hun, or Queen Victoria, or one of those other blokes, so when I read it I though I'm so glad that when I don't understand anything I just delete the message. I don't know what I would have done in this circumstance, however. I might had tried to contact the genuine server, but being me I would have left it to late and the hacker or phisher or whoever would have though I wasn't worth the energy.

Thanks for the warning, I've marked up and useful.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Twilight - I didn't get any message - just tried to check my msn email and got the message my account had been shut down and that it appeared it had been hacked. It then leads you through a series of things to do, like reset you password and when that doesn't work there is an option to provide an alternate email address and your secret question answer, then finally your phone number for the code to reset your account.

I'm reading about this on Google and it goes back at least as far as 2008 and they are getting into facebook and ebay accounts through this hack too!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Someone did get my Yahoo account, how I will never know. They sent out e-mails to everyone on my list. It can happen to anyone.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

b-pop - Did you notice any other activity on your computer or other accounts and how did you get it fixed, please.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I feel bad for you. I have not been hacked yet but one just never knows when it can happen. Thanks for writing this to re-reinforce being careful what you reply to.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I make it a rule never to follow a link in an email. Now I will have to be even more alert. Sounds like you beat the hackers, they were unable to get money.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are so very welcome Alicia. I can't tell you how identical the fake hotmail site was to the real thing. Thanks for pointing that out because that is another way they get us.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Good for you for telling everyone about it. I'm sure some folks would be timid about it. Watch out for that wifi too, radio shack (or what ever they're called now) sells a device that someone riding along in a car can use to tap into your computer too. I know it's late but treat that password like your SS#, give it to no one! Baseball is 2 days away so everything is gonna' be alright. Peace!! Tom


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

no one would have no way on earth that I know personally to know my password , sometimes hard to remember myself and I would never send anyone money but I have been getting like hundreds of arab or muslim emails I cannot read and i let then sit there awhile but then copied them and deleted. They still come, whether that had anything to do with it or not I don't know but I consider it a crime as punishable as someone getting in your at home physical mailbox!


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

How awful! I'm so sorry this happened to you. Lately, I've been getting emails from people in my address book that contain links to Cialis and other sexually-oriented products. I can't imagine how companies think that such practices will benefit them in any way. Hacking email accounts must not be too difficult! Stay safe, DF


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schoolmarm 5 years ago from Florida

Thank you for writing this. My sister keeps having problems with her hotmail account so I will have her keep watch out for this. I had an email account hacked before and a paypal account - it was a real mess. I hope you get it cleared up without too much hassle.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are very welcome Randy. Now I just need to brush off my ego a bit.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Marellen. This experience has me on my toes even more now. I can't believe there are scammers out there that do these things. How do they sleep at night:(


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Pollyanna-I'm so sorry you got that email. I would NEVER ask people for money, especially on-line. I can't believe it happened to MickyDee too. I guess I don't feel so alone if It happened to him as well. I just can't believe these people do this. It's so wrong and so embarrassing for those of us that fall victim to the scam. Thanks for letting me know my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Glad I could help out Sunnie. I thought I should use my mistake to help others avoid getting scammed. Be careful out there:-(


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Kitty-Gole, thanks for making me see that I'm not the only one who gets pulled into the scams. Yikes. I never thought it would happen to me. I also appreciate you pointing out that at least I didn't lose money on this. Some relief in all of this.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Well the one from Micky I thought really was him and that was a few weeks ago and I only told Nell about and knowing he is mad at me I thought it was a cruel joke but I didn't think he really thought I would send it, but when I saw the one from you I was astounded, I knew you would not do that and besides you were wanting it for someones hysterectomy and you called this person a he at one time, lol. Copying them both though I saw they had a list of my friends, etc, more info where someone probably could locate them. I guess I will never use that email for anything I don't want stolen although I did change the password. Don't worry I never for a second thought it was really you but was surprised when it was the exact address I have of yours, I forwarded it back to you, did you get that?

Polly


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello girlfriend, I had the exact thing happen to me...and it was over my yahoo account, so I learned the hard way myself and I have been on computers all my life. Now their are these email that just say, "Hi what are you doing" Um is this a friend, so I clicked on it thinking it was one of my hubbers friends real name, and this time it burnt out my mother board on my laptop. Love & peace darsk rate up


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Teddletonmr 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Minnetonka Twin Thanks for the tips in your hub, Outsmarted by a Computer Hacker. I hate to hear you have been taken advantage in such a way.

The video is cool, and so true.

Best wishes and take care. hub up and useful your hubpages fan and follower Mike


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hyphenbird-You really do wish these people would put their energy into something positive and useful. I hope the hub just reminded you to stay alert.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Poohgranma-Oh poo, (look, I made a funny)I'm am so sorry they got you too. We need to pull those scammers by the ear lobes like when I was in Catholic school.(LOL) I am glad you checked it out on google about how these scammers do it. I will have to go see for myself. So what do we do now? Do we just start a whole new email from scratch. Also, I was hotmail-Do you or anyone have any suggestions if I should switch to another account like Yahoo. Help!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are Very welcome Twilight Lawns. Darn it anyway, they got me but good. I need to figure out what my next step is to get email again. I think I just start a new account but not using old information or passwords. Let me know anyone. I hope I am not missing any emails from my hub buddies. Just know if you did, this is why I'm not getting back to you. I have to figure out what to do to fix this.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Breakfastpop-I am not feeling so alone in this anymore. My goodness these scammers are getting a lot of us. What the heck is their deal. How do they sleep at night. What did you do Bpop? Did you just start from scratch?


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are so very welcome JustAskSusan. Yes, I hope this hub will have all of you be extra careful and vigilent. I don't want you to go through this.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Mckbirds. It wasn't even a link I followed. It looked like an email from hotmail, I mean exactly like it. I thought it was them for sure. UUGGHH!!!


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Minnetonka Twin or Twinner,

I guess this hub was helpful as you can see from all the comments. We will all be so much more aware because of this hub. I vote up and all buttons and I am sharing it.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

justom-You sure have the ability to see the positive side of things. You are so right, baseball is almost here. I'm not gonna let a hacker get me down when I have this to look forward to. My nephew just started bball practice this week and has his first game this weekend. YIPPEE-The boys of summer are back.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Pollyanna-I know, it still feels so violating to have someone hack into your account. By the way, Great job copying the letters. I think you should do a hub and show people what the letters look like. That would be very helpful.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the follow Dirt Farmer and I just followed you back. Can't wait to get tips from you as I have a veggie garden in the summer. Be careful out in cyber-land and don't give out your password. Learn from my mistake.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Schoolmarm-Ya, I wonder if I should switch from hotmail to a differen't email account. HMMMM-Sorry you've gone through this before too. What a bummer that it happened on your paypal too. I would guess this may have caused you to lose money. Stay aware, let's not let the crooks get a platform.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Minnetonka Twin, sorry to hear your email got hacked, those people who do this are always looking for new ways to get your information or money . On a good note you picked a great video for this hub !

Vote up !!!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

No, I never got your email back Pollyanna because I can't even get into that email account anymore. It is completely hacked and will no longer be available to me. Again, so sorry you got this not only from me but from Micky too. Just know, these emails were both scams. Great job copying them my friend. Publish them and let people see them.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Darski-Can you believe what these scammers will do. I am just disgusted. Thanks for sharing that you too had it happen. GRRR:-(


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Maybe so but my biggest suspicion is it was those hundreds of arab or muslim whichever emails I got, why did they do that, they knew I could not read them and they swarmed me so would have been a lot to track down and I can't talk about either of those here at hubpages without trouble and I am swamped with work now, maybe I will just put it all out there and their emails, people can think what they want and every one I get from them add it to the hub...yea I might do that, thanks.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I think hotmail has the very worst reputation so far as e mail accounts go. Yahoo or aol would be much, much better protected. I did have my yahoo account hacked briefly once though.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Mike-Wow, how nice of you too push the buttons for me. I appreciate that. Hopefully my mistake can help you, so you don't have to. Thanks for following and being a fan. Your cool:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

HT-Thanks for sharing this hub sis. I do hope it can help others so they don't make the same mistake. Love you twinner:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kashmir-I'm glad you like my Van the Man video. He can always brighten up my day, even when things go wrong. Hope my hub helped my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Pollyanna-Wow, glad you thought it through and figured out how to handle the situation. I appreciate all your great information about this. Yuck, the thought of getting swarmed with all those emails just bothers me to no end. Wish they could find better things to do with their time. Have a good day my friend:)


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Wesman for your suggestions. I think I will try yahoo as I am hearing good things for the most part. Stay vigilent out here in cyber-space:)


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

I know we aren't thrilled with Google right now but my G-mail account gives me filters to block, delete straightaway and I like it pretty well. My other account is just Outlook Express and I have always been happy with it too. I wish I could remember which account I put as an alternative now on that bogus form??? BTW I tired opening a new MSN account and it doesn't work - keeps telling me my password is wrong. I didn't go any further ... MSN ca have their accounts - no back up for those in trouble that anyone I've read of can find.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Ya, I'd skip the MSN account so you don't get scammed. Thanks for your great suggestions. I had my hotmail account on outlook express too.


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vietnamvet68 5 years ago from New York State

I know a few others that fell for that scam. Got to watch out for those emails. Hope you get it fixed.

God Bless


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks vietman. I'm so bummed I fell for it. God Bless you too my friend:)


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

Mine was not an email. I simply tried to log onto my MSN mail account, as usual, and it all started, saying my account had probably been compromised and to reset my password.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Oh my, this happened to lmmaarten and to Micky Dee too. How passionately I hate people who have the audacity to be so terribly evil! May they all burn in some kind of a hell BEFORE they die. What happened to you could happen to any of us - those evil b#st#rds know exactly how to victimize and mannipulate others.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

My provider sends me e-mails to a "White list"

then I can see what is there and approve or delete before they go to my Outlook Express account, which is also doubly protected...It is all free.

sorry for you...be careful sweetie...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I understand Poohgranma. My experience is embarrassing because I'm the one that gave this criminal my personal info, you didn't, but still irritating.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I know Martie, How rude they do this to people. It is exasperating!! Now I have no email and this loon is sending these emails like it's me to trying to collect money. I'm sure noone bit and knew it was a scam, but still...UUGGHH!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks G-ma-I am being very vigilent. They will hopefully not get me again. Glad you have a great and safe site my friend:)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is so easy to do, many a time I have nearly fallen for this too, now I just delete them all, I remember Polly telling me about it, I thought it must be a scam but couldn't figure out how it worked, thanks for telling us, I will be doubly careful in future, thanks nell


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I can't believe how many people are informing me that this happened to them too. They are getting trickier all the time. You are welcome Nell:)


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

I have been "had" with a work at home scam that I am hoping I have resolved and will get my money back. I know exactly how you feel because I have researched work at home sites extensively and knew all the signs of scams. So what did I do? Joined something that had all the "smells like a scam" signs! I try to tell myself I must have been totally out of it that day from stress, so I don't feel so stupid about it! Anyway, don't blame yourself too much...we all make mistakes. And you've been more than a little preoccupied lately, so don't feel bad.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks catgypsy. Yes, I have been a tad stressed and preoccupied for sure. I am so seeing how many people get scammed. I just wish they'd use their techy smarts for something useful.


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gr82bme 5 years ago from USA

Wow, thanks for getting this story out. I am sure it will help. Great hub!

Tina


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

You are very welcome Tina. Hopefully you won't fall for it now that you've read what happened to me. :)


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fetty 5 years ago from South Jersey

Anyone can be computer hacked, especially when they are pressured into not thinking clearly. This occurred to you when you were with your niece. Sorry for your loss but this could have been ten times worse. Never, never give out personal infor. I was asked for my SSI on a online job interview and even called on the phone about this ridiculous request. I was told by the young girl that this was their procedure. I told them to omit my existing application because this was poor policy. The job was for handling money for a large soda company! Forget the embarrassment. You were extremely lucky. So glad for you.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Fetty. You are right that it could have been so much worse. I am hearing so many stories now where even pay pal accounts are being hacked into and people are losing money. Great job on not working for a company that would not know better to ask for a ss# online. That is just ridiculous and this company is living in the past.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

So sorry to hear that happened to you, Minnetonka Twin! What a horrible experience. Wow!

Luckily, we've never been hacked on that level. However, about 7 years ago, we did get hacked. We were hosting a website, from our home, on a separate computer, dedicated for that purpose. We had first, the firewall at our ISP, then we had a firewall in our modem; one in the router, and one for each workstation and the server machine.

Some rascally reprobate managed to get through all of that, and use our server as a bounce-relay for the spam he was sending out. We had no idea until our ISP called us and told us we were spamming people!

We were shocked, and of course replied, "uh...nooo..we are NOT!" They were able, then, to trace it to the culprit--who was located in Russia...so there was no way to penalize them!

As a result, we shut down the website and took the server offline. We will never again host our own website from home.

Just use commonsense precautions, as you say, and be aware: you do not HAVE to give out personal information to get hacked! Just being connected to the Internet puts you at some risk.

Keep your malware software up to date, and if you are going to be away from your computer for more than half an hour or so, either shut it down entirely, or at least turn off your internet connection.

Remember: you do not have to be "logged in" to anything online. If you have a DSL, ADSL, VDSL, T-1, or cable or satellite connection--if your computer is turned on, you ARE connected to the 'net, and a hacker can find a way in. There are those no-goodniks with no life and nothing better to do with their time.

Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed.

Great hub--thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

I can't believe with all of your safe-guards that you still got hacked. It is so irritating that these people do this. What bothered me the most about this scam is that some people in my contacts were worried about me. I can't stand that this hacker upset some of my friends. Most people knew right away that it was a scam because they'd seen this particlular letter before about a cousin that needed a hysterectomy and needed money. Some of the stories are similar to this one but certain information is a little differen't. Yes, forewarned is forearmed. Thanks for your tips, especially the one about turning computer off when I'm away from it for a while. Thanks so much DzyMsLizzy:)


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

I know what you mean, MT-- but you don't have to turn off your whole computer--just your internet connection. Even DSL connections have a modem of some sort--it probably has a power switch, or a plug-in A/C adapter. Just turn off that switch, or pull out the adapter plug. If your modem is one that happens to be built in to the computer, then just unplug the feed wire to the phone line (or cable system).

Cheers!


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Alicia-Exactly, that's why the hotmail message didn't seem like a scam. It looked the same. Glad your vigilent.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks DzyMsLizzy-Ya, I'll just unplug or push the computer button off. Thanks for all your help with this:)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

So sorry youwent threw all of that precious heart. GBY.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Stars-Oh, trust me, being hacked is the least of problems.


zilchex 4 years ago

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks for the information but all is well now.


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maggs224 3 years ago from Sunny Spain

Being from the generation where hardware was where you went to buy nails etc. and software was silk pyjamas I find that if it wasn't for the vigilance of my hubby and son I would be falling victim to every online scam going lol...

Even so, they have had to dig me out of some scrapes I have gotten myself into because I am too trusting :) thankfully they are both very savy and I haven't got myself into some thing that they have not been able to get me out of lol...

I am glad that you have resolved it and in England we have a National Health service which means we do not have to pay for our surgery (apart from our National Insurance contributions) lol...


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

I laughed so hard reading about your generation and what your definition of hardware and software was. I am with you on that definition. I look back at the days I was in college and how hard we had to work because there was not computer. I used a dinosaur typewriter and erasing mistakes was no easy task. Going for my Master's degree we at least graduated to a 'word processor' which was heaven to us but still had it's limitations. I love the computer age but it took me some time to learn the new ways of this modern technology. I am very glad you have your family to help you so you don't get in too deep with these savvy computer criminals.


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PegCole17 21 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This sort of thing is frustrating and frightening. Recently I received a letter from a contact asking for $2500 to help them get back from overseas. Thankfully, I knew this person would never ask me for money and I notified them that they had probably been hacked. He is in his nineties and I don't believe he's traveling overseas. Also a friend notified me that they got a spam mail from me and told me I had been hacked. To this day I don't know how it happened, but I'm really cautious now. Your experience will undoubtedly help others avoid this. So sorry it happened to you.


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Minnetonka Twin 21 months ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Peg and thanks for commenting. It is so frustrating that there are scammers out there that don't have better things to do. What happened to you regarding the overseas story, is how I found out I was hacked. Don't feel bad that you never figured out how you'd been hacked. Sometimes there is no way to figure it out. Have a great weekend my friend.


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brakel2 21 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Linda - I am so sorry this happened to you, and I totally understand. I got fooled and had to wipe my computer clean and start over, and I felt like a fool, especially when my grandson said he has no protection and has never had a problem. The problem is worse than ever, and ways to trick people is so off the wall. Needless, to say, this incidents are warnings to us, if nothing else. I am so careful and don't trust anybody or anything. Blessings, Audrey


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Minnetonka Twin 21 months ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Audrey-ah, so bummed to hear you were also hacked. Trust me, it happens to the best of us. Like you said, many tricks up the hackers sleeve's. I think it is wise for all of us to think twice before making any big moves or changes when we're online. Blessings and have a great weekend my friend.

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