Sunday, August 22, 2010

My Accounts were Hacked - please read!

On Wednesday we went to see Green Day at the amphitheater in Toronto and it was such an amazing show!!! There is a review here if you are interested but they played for three hours straight with no breaks and had tons of awesome audience interaction and even gave away a guitar... It was definitely one of the best concerts I have been too and I would totally see them again!

We had a great time but while we where away my hotmail and facebook accounts where hacked and emails were sent from my account that read:

I'm writing this with tears in my eyes my fam and I came down here to London,England for a short vacation,unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed all cash,credit card and cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.

We've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills.
Am freaked out at the moment.


These hackers also had many live chats with my facebook friends pretending to be me and asking that they send money. When I finally regained access to my fb there where conversations left open so I was able to read what they where saying and it seems like most people knew that it was not me or where smart and asked private questions that only I could verify. One friend did reply to the hotmail message just to see what the response would be, and this is what she got back!

Glad you replied back ,we have nothing left on us right now and we're lucky to have our lives and passports with us it would have been worse if they had made away with our passport,we had to block our credit cards and cell phone for security reasons

Well all we need now is just $2500 you can have it wi red to my name via Western Union i'll have to show my passport as ID to pick it up here and i promise to pay you back as soon as we get back home. Here's my info below:

Mandi Bowler
London, United Kingdom.
As soon as it has been done, kindly get back to me with the confirmation number,let me know if you are heading to the WU outlet now??.


I have now reported this to hotmail and facebook and after doing a little research and googling a cell phone number that a friend was given by the hackers I have found a few others that this has happened to. Although I had never heard of this type of scam before I am learning that it is not new and facebook must be aware of it as it is a clear option to select when you are reporting problems with your account or spam.

I have no idea how they were able to access my hotmail as my password was a random word that I don't think anyone would be able to guess. I just wanted people to be aware of this and don't send anyone any money over the internet unless you are 100% sure of their identity!! I am just so glad that none of my friends or contacts fell for this scam!!


  1. Geez! Thanks for sharing. Bad, bad hackers.

  2. it's pretty creepy that this person or persons has now seen all of my emails, photos,'s one of those things you hear about but don't really worry about!

  3. I had a client whose email was hacked and got that email from him - I called him at home.

  4. I guess I am not the only person that this has happened to!