A couple of days ago I got an e-mail purporting to come from an acquaintance.
How are you doing?hope all is well with you and family,I am sorry I didn’t inform you about my traveling to England for a Seminar..
I need a favor from you because I misplaced my wallet on my way to the hotel where my money,and other valuable things were kept I will like you to assist me with a soft loan urgently with the sum of $2,500 US Dollars to sort-out my hotel bills and get myself back home.
I will appreciate whatever you can afford and i’ll pay you back as soon as I return,Kindly let me know if you can be of help? so that I can send you the Details to use when sending the money through western union.
The style gave the game away, of course. It was written in the same style as most scam mail, and I could not imagine the real author writing like that.
What concerns me, however, is that it apparently came from the real address of the person concerned, and that the scammer was confident of being able to read any replies addressed to the real address.
My experience with Hotmail has been that it is very unreliable compared with, say, Gmail. Mail sent to my Hotmail account at firstname.lastname@example.org usually bounces, and I can no longer even get in to read it, so Hotmail is pretty useless.
But if it can be cracked like this it’s even worse than I thought.
So if you have a Hotmail account, be careful, and if you receive e-mails from friends with Hotmail accounts, be extra careful, especially if they ask you for money.