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A few days ago, our friends received a strange email from me:
“It’s me Darrick. I really don’t mean to inconvenience you right now, I made a little trip to UK and I misplaced my passport and credit cards, please I know this may sound odd, but it all happened very fast. I need to get a new passport, and get on the next available flight home. I’ve been to the embassy, they’re willing to help, but I’m out of cash. Can you loan me some funds? And I’ll be willing to pay you as soon as I get home.
Please reply as soon as you get this message, so I can forward the details as to where to send the funds, you can reach me via the hotel’s desk phone if you can. The numbers are, 01144xxxxxxxxxx or +44xxxxxxxxxx.
I await your response
Darrick B Lee”
Of course, I was NOT in the UK, I wasn’t strapped for cash, and I didn’t lose my passports. But, the email address appeared to be one I use, and it was signed using my middle initial, so our friends reading the email might have been tempted to believe it was true.
My phone rang off the hook all day from concerned people who wanted to verify that I was okay. (It was kind of embarrassing, even though I was just fine.)
The Nigerian hackers had struck, and they got me good.
We deleted the compromised address, and got to work changing passwords and taking other steps to try to protect our online presence. (Not a fun thing to do.)
So, I appreciate your patience as I try to regain some e-control. I’ll get back into posting regularly once I’m confident the Nigerian hackers have picked a new target.