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A Cautionary Tale

 

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Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today on this rainy Saturday with a strange story. I received an email from someone yesterday, and they claimed  they’d hacked my account and had all my contacts. They also claimed they’d hacked into my computer and used my webcam to videotape me accessing porn sites and doing “dirty things.”

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They threatened to send these “videos” to all my contacts unless I sent them $3600.00 in Bitcoins. First of all, I know this is a total scam because I don’t access porn sites and I never have a webcam in my bedroom.

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I called my lawyer friend and asked, “Do people really fall for this?”

He laughed. “You’d be surprised.”

We mulled over how someone could’ve gotten my email address, and we figured out that they must’ve hacked a site where I applied for a job back when I was looking for one. I used a password that I could remember because I was applying to more than one company so I used that password more than once. One of those companies must’ve gotten hacked. In the email, they claimed to have my password, and they did have the one I used when I was looking for a job. I’ve never used that password for my personal email so I knew they didn’t have my contact list.

This is a cautionary tale my dear followers. Make sure you don’t overuse your email password. In fact, I’d only use it once and change your passwords often. It upsets me that people are doing this and getting away with it. These hackers are getting more and more aggressive because they know they’re hard to catch.

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A couple of years ago there was another scam going around where someone would call you on the phone claiming to be from the IRS. This one happened to me, too. When I answered the phone, the person on the other end said he was from the IRS and they had money they needed to send to me. They claimed to need my address, social security number, and bank account number. I told them if they were really from the IRS they’d have all of that information and hung up. They tried calling back a few times, but they were unsuccessful in getting the information they wanted.

These hackers must be successful or they would stop. So please protect your personal information. Make sure your passwords are confidential and change them often.

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Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today. Have you had anything like this happen to you? How did you handle it? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

19 thoughts on “A Cautionary Tale

  1. Nice post dear, thank you for sharing it with us, yes you have to watch out for those scammers they will try anything to get your money. ❤️✌️

    BY FOR NOW

  2. Yup. Had Mr. Taxman scam. So hilarious. The lengths people go through for money is crazy. They’ll find out soon enough that Karma doesn’t play nice. Cheers, and thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  3. Wow, Lisa, What next?? It’s a bit like the I am a top general in the US army scam and I would love to get to know you…Yer right…Thank you for sharing 🙂 x

    1. I know, Carol. It just never ends. I haven’t heard about I am a top general in the US army scam. That sounds intriguing. I would love to get to know you, too. Isn’t the internet wonderful? I’ve met some amazing people because of it. You included! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

      1. Oh Believe me Lisa ..I get fed up with the do you want to be my friend..No! You are welcome and likewise there are some lovely people and the internet can be an awesome place just all these scammers which FB and the like should be on top of and stop it… Have a lovely week 🙂 x

      2. I hear you, Carol! You’re right about social media sites should be doing a better job of ousting scammers. It should be part of their policy. 🙂 You have an awesome week, too!

  4. I get robocalls all the time. Someone from “credit services” calling about my card. Or someone calling about how the warranty on my car is about to run out, which is hilarious because my car is 18 years old and was bought used😶

  5. Yeah, I hate scammers. :/ Comedian James Veitch has some funny videos where he messes with email scams in relatively PG ways – they’re pretty funny. Unlike the more malicious scams out there.

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