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Don’t be fooled— email hackers are out to swindle you


Following news that internet fraudsters had hacked into the email of a former St Lawrence’s Church’s curate and sent a message asking for money,


Hertfordshire Trading Standards has issued the following advice


A


callous scam is circulating the county. The scam is in the form of an email, sent from a


friend stating that they are on holiday or travelling and that they are in trouble. The message will state that the friend has


been robbed at gunpoint and has lost all their money, possessions and their phone. It will say that they have their passport but


they need you to send them money to pay off their hotel and get them home. Richard Thake, Executive Member for


Community Safety, said: ―Do not respond to the email, it is a scam and the friend‘s email account


The vicious email that is scamming locals.


has been hacked. The hackers have sent the email and deleted the victim‘s emails and contacts. Any emails that are sent to the victim will be read by the hackers. ―Hertfordshire Trading Standards regularly


receives reports of scams, from those purporting to be from a bank, offering computer repair services or asking for help in transferring money from a war-torn country, but this one is particularly cruel because it appears to be from someone you know who says that they are in trouble.‖ Hertfordshire Trading Standards is advising


people to make sure that their security systems are up-to-date and to be wary of any unexpected email. The common themes are poor grammar, use of


language or phrases that the alleged sender would not normally use and asking for money, bank account details or an urgent response. If you are not sure, do not respond and delete


the email.


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