Beware the criminals who use everyday technology to get you
Published 03/12/2015 | 02:30
My email account was hacked last week, with fake emails sent to hordes of people I've dealt with online claiming I left my handbag in a taxi and was penniless in Cyprus. I've never been to the island. Phone calls from concerned relatives and friends quickly alerted me to the scam - but the hackers had hijacked my account and I was shut out of it.
Unable to warn email contacts, I started texting everyone I could think of who might have been hoodwinked by this phony cry for help.
But I felt like King Canute attempting to reverse the tide: the begging letters were pouring out inexorably from my Gmail address.