Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nigerian Scam Using Hacked Gmail Account

I received an email today from a gmail contact of mine who's asking for advanced money for help while in Nigeria. Since I personally knew the supposed owner of the email, I sent a text message informing him of the scam and he replied that his gmail address was really hacked big time.

Similar to the old Nigerian 419 Scam, scams like this will ask for advance money to be sent through Money Gram or Western Union that affords them anonynity. The hacker cum scammer sent this email to me as if I'm a sucker for such cheap trick:

From: xxx@gmail.com
To: me

How are you doing today? I am sorry i didn't inform you about my traveling to Africa for a program called "Empowering Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Lack of Education, the program is taking place in three major countries in Africa which is Ghana , South Africa and Nigeria . It as been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that i found myself is very hard for me to explain.

I am really stranded in Nigeria because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am now owning a hotel bill of $ 1550 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon else they will have to seize my bag and hand me over to the Hotel Management., I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $1600 to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of $3500 to sort out my problems here? I need this help so much and on time because i am in a terrible and tight situation here, I don't even have money to feed myself for a day which means i had been starving so please understand how urgent i needed your help.

I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library and I only have 30 min, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home so please let me know on time so that i can forward you the details you need to transfer the money through Money Gram or Western Union.

11 comments:

  1. Hi. I've just read about another person suffering something similar with their gmail account being compromised and I think I read about at least one more before.

    I wonder if the victims/lures all had weak passwords or if there is a deeper compromise here?

    Kind regards,
    Gary

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  2. hi gary, i suspect only a weak password or security questionfor password recovery. ihave doubts about the gmail bug in IE but i've yet to check it out

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  3. I have been asked by a 3rd party to send some money via MoneyGram to someone I know, to verify that I can pay for goods offered. I am then to pass the receipt number to the 3rd party to provide authentication that I have paid the monies to my friend.

    Does this sound like a scam? Can someone obtain monies with a receipt number even though it is not thair account?

    If someone can let me know that would be great!

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  4. mojo, if you provide the third party the receipt, he can intercept the payment to your friend. A fake ID can be made anywhere in the world. MoneyGram, along with Western Union, are the usual vehicles of "advance fee" fraud very common on the Internet due to the easy way to collect money without proper identification. if it's not a scam, why not try to send money using other forms.

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  5. I am a victim of this scheme.does anyone know how I can recover my account? They are actively in my account and chatting with my friends, pretending to be me. They continue to request money and have locked me out of my associated yahoo email account. Help please!

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  6. anonymous, there are ways but not easy for you need to stoop down to the level of your account thief. some social engineering perhaps. best way actually is to alert your friends about what happened then move on

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  7. Re: strength of passwords:
    I have been a victim of this scam this week. The hacker took over both my Gmail and Facebook accounts. I want to let everyone know that I had a very STRONG password (mixture of numbers and letters), and I change it at least a couple of times a year. This scam is not prevented with strong passwords.

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  8. this has happened to me too!
    this person has hacked into my account and read my unread mail and chatted to my friends and told the same story!
    I'm scared now because you just mentioned that you have changed your password but the person still hacks into your account.
    Is there anything we can do?

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  9. dont just change your password - you have to change your security question to. good grief they can just break in again. LOL

    make it some thing crazy that only you would know. like whats your fav pet name. then put linclon logs or something and write it down.

    it's notthat difficult to keep your stuff safe guys - nigerians are Idiots, if they are scamming you any way at all you need to do a check on the noggin.

    know what I mean?

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  10. This happened to me too. The best recommendation I have is to call the email provider and delete the account. After this has been done, create a brand new account with a different username. After, I would try to use an email client, such as Outlook to use your email. Do not use webmail as this is likely how they are getting your information. When using Internet Explorer especially, hackers can use bugs that will record keystrokes which is how they get your passwords, etc. Using an email client can prevent that. Also, if you use both webmail and a client, do not store an address book on webmail! They will use you as a catalyst and send emails to your address book. When one of your contacts responds back with their information, the email will automatically be forwarded to the hacker (b/c they turned on email forwarding on your account).

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  11. I received an email like this but did not bother replying. Is my security now compromised?

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