just to humor myself, because yesterday i spent a good portion of miss e’s nap time and then some more trying to right this wrong.
my email got hacked and this rather convincing message got sent to all my email contacts. there were a lot of components that looked pretty legit. in the “from” section of the heading is my correct name and email address, and they even signed the letter off with my correct name!
but here’s why this letter is not from me:
Hi (i would at least address the persons or say “everyone”), I’m writing this with great grievance (that already smacks of letter writing faux pas). I’m presently in (London) United Kingdom (i really wish that was the case) with my Family (my family’s important, but i wouldn’t capitalize it, not even in dire situations) for a short vacation and we’re stuck right now…And really it was unannounced (that’s just not how we work–do things unannounced–for better or for worse). We were attacked by four armed robbers on our way back to the hotel where we lodged.we were robbed and completely embarrassed (no, i wouldn’t feel embarrassed. i got pick-pocketed in spain before so i know how it feels (albeit not armed robbery), and believe me it’s not embarrassed, but i’d like to keep my blog rated-g), thank God they didn’t hurt anyone or take our passports (that’s true, thank the Lord). Right now we are in a financial mess (owing $2871.85 is a lot of money, but it wouldn’t call it a “financial mess.” a financial mess is more like $28,718.50) due to unable to settle bills owed at the hotel.All our cash,credit cards and cellphone (if you knew what kind of cell phones we have you’d know it’d never work internationally! haha! and since it was a “short vacation” we probably wouldn’t get a temporary cell phone either) were stolen. We’ve reported the incident to the embassy and the Police but to my dismay they seem not bothered…their response was just too casual (i really hope that wouldn’t be the case if something like this really did happen). Our flight leaves in few hours but We’ve got to settle our bills before We’re allowed to leave….Now am freaked out (i may say this, but i usally don’t write this)….Please i need you to loan me some money,i promise to refund you as soon as I’m back home, All i need is (£1,780 GBP) (i don’t even know where the “pound” key is located!) but don’t know how much you would be able to spare.. . Please Let me know what you can do. I await your positive response so i know how you can assist me at the moment. (because i still have time to sit by the computer that i am most likely paying by the minute–which means i still have some scant cash–at some internet cafe and wait for your reply, of then i will reply with an acct number where you can wire the money to.)
and if you haven’t noticed, i’m lazy and i don’t always capitalize in my emails. and in such a case, i would be panicking and probably wouldn’t bother to capitalize either.
along with sending out spam, everything in my sent box was deleted, and my entire contacts list was erased–just as well, if i get hacked in the next 48 hours there will be no one to spam again.
a friend pointed out that even though my from address was spelled correctly, the email in the reply had a slight misspelling (a switch of 2 letters) of my actual address. so if you tried to reply to me to warn me about the spam…well, i didn’t receive it. that’s a clever trick.
and the cherry on top…i spammed myself and sent my plea for help to another email account of mine because that’s how freaked out i was.
i did appreciate all the txts, correct emails, and phone calls i received. even my dad called me. he’s never called me in the afternoon.