We've been getting a lot of calls and emails in response to Monday's story about Judy Lewin and the email scam that hijacked her email account. All of her contacts were sent an email, that claimed to be from her, saying she was robbed and needed money to get home from England. A lot of people told us that they've been victimized by the same kind of scam. Experts say there's been an explosion of email scams lately, using that kind of ploy.
Here's what you need to know if you get an email from a friend who says they need help. Read it over, does it sound like something they'd write? Does it include names of anyone that might be with them or is it very generic? Lastly, almost all emails that plead for money and ask you to send it to someone outside of the country are scams.
If friends are contacting you because they got an email with your name on it, with the same plea to send money, here's what you need to know. Your' password was probably too easy to figure out and that's how the crooks were able to get into your email account. You need to change it to something that includes numbers and symbols and will be harder to guess. Do a Google search and you can find websites that will judge the strength of your password. Also, you'll noticed that you've stopped receiving emails. The scammers have changed your settings so that all emails are forwarded to them, which allows them to continue communicating with your contacts and trick them into wiring money to them. Go into your settings and change it so that your emails are no longer being forwarded.