Email scam victim warns others
Nimbin woman Sue Stock still doesnt have her email address back a week after it was hijacked by a fraudster in Nigeria who tried to scam money from concerned friends and relatives.
The Echo reported last week how the Yahoo email account of Ms Stock, who had been holidaying on the south coast, had been used by the fraudster to send fake emails to her contacts saying she had been mugged and was lying injured in a Nigerian hospital and needed money urgently.
Friends of Ms Stock realised it was a scam yet could not get in touch with her to warn her till she returned home last week.
Since her return, Ms Stock has been trying to get back her old address/email account from Yahoo but Im not getting terribly far.
The alternative is to change her email address and let all her contacts know, but she was expecting important emails to come to her old address, she said.
Ms Stock said she had learnt how the scammer possibly got hold of her password but was unsure.
She urged email users to be vigilant.
Im just so grateful no-one ever believed the emails or sent any money, that would be terrible, she said. Im really concerned that this sort of scam could affect elderly parents of someone travelling. If they were to get these sort of emails and think their child was injured or in trouble, theyd be frantic.