by toogie 08 Feb 2018


My niece's email account was hacked today. She has me on her contact list so therefore I opened an email from who I thought was her to not realize it was a scam before I replied. Naturally the next thing was wanting money so then I telephone her at the newspaper she works for. She told me then she had been hacked.
She said all my contacts are now in jeopardy of receiving scam emails in my email address. Please DO NOT OPEN ANything from me. The only Cuties I recently sent an email to are NAN and LYNETTE.
She told me to change my email password, which I did. RESCUER do I need to do anything else?
I am so sorry this happened, as well as she is, but unfortunately we have unsavory people, trying to get what they can, just working their fingers and evil minds.
Also RESCUER do I need to change my passwords at all the sites I belong to?


by mrskiki 09 Feb 2018

Toogie don't feel too bad. It has happened to all of us at one time or another. Thanks for the alert. Hugs. Nan

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Nan, thanks for understanding and I'm sending you another pm, so check In box.

by meganne 09 Feb 2018

All good here Toogie. Thanks for the warnings.
xxxx, M

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Sure, just hate these scammers.

by kathymourie 09 Feb 2018

If people who do this would use their fingers and brains doing good things what a great country we would have.
Hope you feel better soon.

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Thanks Kathy. We had a widow woman at church BELIEVING a scam and sent all her life savings. She sent over $200,000 ! Her kids, family, everyone tried to convince her it was a scam. Promise of marriage, etc, etc.
Then if that wasn't bad enough she sold her nice big brick home and after the kids got half for their dad's part, she sent that money.
She now rents an apartment. When she sends her nephew to Walmart for $40. things she needs, she ask if she could pay him next month out of her retirement check income. She is a retired school teacher!
So sad, when they are so brain washed their known and loved family and close friends, can't make them understand. My friend Trudy, I made the blue coat hanger safe for, grew up with this woman, went to college together, and remained friends all these years. Trudy hated what was happening but the woman wouldn't listen to her BFF. Now Trudy is sick about it but helpless.

by bielie 09 Feb 2018

It did not effect my computer, I will run a scan just to be sure. I did open
your email last night, but this morning all is OK. Get well soon. Lynette

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

If you do think its alright, I will send you the updated pattern as it printed correct size for me. I also ran a long scan and said everything is okay now. I truly hope so. Let me know if you want the emailed updated pattern.

by graceandham 08 Feb 2018

Awful. Hope the worst is over.

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toogie by toogie edited 09 Feb 2018

My rescuer said it should be, I'm trusting her.

by shirley124 08 Feb 2018

Sorry to read of your email scam. There are some very evil people out there in cyber space. Always finding new ways to get some thing or just stuff up our computers. Hope you get it sorted. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

My rescuer said it should be, I'm trusting­ her.

by kustomkuddle 08 Feb 2018

This is the last thing you needed when not feeling well. Like others have said, It is not your fault! Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Thanks for understanding. I just didn't want you all involved, too.

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by toogie edited 08 Feb 2018

I have tried to contact all Cuties with a PM too that I remembered maybe having their email addresses. I hope this has not caused any harm to anyone. I also hope I have covered everyone or you see this. But I'm not well and been on here for hours, so again I am sorry. I am running a Full Scan on my pc and its l-o-n-g.Thank you rescuer for my rescue.

rescuer by rescuer 08 Feb 2018

Just know it will all be OK. You didn't get one of the really bad ones. If the scan shows anything, let me know via PM so I don't miss seeing it.

toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Thank you so very much.

by pennifold 08 Feb 2018

Thanks Toogie, I read my PM before I went to emails and I'm o.k. I don't understand those scammers, they obviously don't have anything else better to do with their time! Hope you get it all sorted out.

Big thanks to rescuer for the information as well. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Yes, she lives up to her name.
Glad you caught this first. I come here first,too. It's a good place to be!

by rescuer Moderator 08 Feb 2018

It is always a good idea to change passwords every 6 months or so..BUT you need to make sure your computer is "clean" first. Run an online scan like the ones from Eset, Kaspersky, or Trendmicro. They are free but they do take LONG time to finish. Also, you can run a second kind of program that checks for malware like the one you opened. I use to run their free scan. All the scans should show no malware/viruses. Usually when you open that kind of thing, it is located only in your temp files. However, if you need help with this -- send me a PM. Most of all -- don't panic! Your will all be OK.

PeggyJ by PeggyJ 08 Feb 2018

Thank you for this information.

toogie by toogie edited 09 Feb 2018

If there is anything left in temp files, would it have shown in the long scan? Everything seems ok on my pc.

rescuer by rescuer 09 Feb 2018

The online scan looks at all files -- so yes, it would have found it.

by asterixsew Moderator 08 Feb 2018

How annoying. Hope you get sorted quickly

asterixsew by asterixsew 08 Feb 2018

PS will keep this at the top so its seen

toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Thank you Caroline for all your help. It is very upsetting to someone, with almost, no computer knowledge.

by 02kar Moderator 08 Feb 2018

I'm so sorry to hear this toogie. You did nothing wrong. All the blame lays at the feet of the scammer.

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toogie by toogie 09 Feb 2018

Thanks for understanding Karen.