I thought I was done with this blog. Thought I had posted on it for the last time.
Why? Because Nigerian hackers got into my google email account (so my whole Google account, including Blogger), changed my password and then sent this email to nearly everyone I have ever emailed.
Yeah, I mentioned the EVER part, in "they sent this email to anyone I had ever emailed. Ever." right?
Considering I had 1600 emails in my InBox which doesn't include Facebook or Twitter notifications or anything, they sent it to a lot of people.
The publisher I am soon to be interning with left a voicemail for me while I was at work about it. Today I got a call from my property agent. My parents had international phone calls from friends and family overseas.
The people that replied to this email were then asked to send between $1300-1800 via Western Union and though the people I have managed to contact know it's a scam (though some were worried) I don't know how to contact others.
Though I doubt anyone would have sent money - I sure hope they wouldn't - I have no way of knowing who it went out to. Oh yeah - did I mention they deleted my contacts list too? I imagine it went out to all of the agents and publishers I have queried over the years. I'm so sorry. My records of who I queried were in my Google account.
Oh - and when I say I HAD 1600 emails in my inbox, I say HAD because they are not there anymore. Every email I ever sent or received was deleted. I don't know why they would do that. Anyone? Do you know why hackers delete your emails and contacts?
So I finally managed to get back into my account today. The hackers had changed the email address to send a security code, and they'd changed the phone number for it as well. They had set it so that all of my emails were being forwarded to another email address, but when they replied it would look like they were coming from me.
I had to give a statement at the police station on Sunday, and their (under-resourced and under-funded) E-crimes division are on it. Mind you if it's international there's nothing they can really do.
Google recorded the IP addresses of some foreign activity, and there were 3 different IP addresses in Nigeria and 1 in the United States that had been accessing my email. I've forwarded them to the police but I doubt they can do anything.
I have to say, it made me feel quite vulnerable. I had no control over stopping these a-holes from scamming my friends. And they got into my facebook and deleted any mention of them as well when I had been warning my friends not to email me. They changed my passwords in Facebook as well but I managed to get back in. I must be more computer-savvy than they anticipated.
Anyway, that's my story. I'm sorry everyone, and I hope no one gave "me" any money to get me home.
Be careful on the internet everyone. It's not always your friend.