In case you haven't seen this before, the story about being mugged in London is a common message sent by hackers or bots who break into someone's contacts list and send to everyone on it. It happened to my e-mail account while I was in Costa Rica last year with Amanda, Sara, and the group, except that the message was just a link for Viagra at a Canadian pharmacy. My uncle who is a computer expert gave me some instructions on what to do, and in order to avoid hackers and viruses in general:
"1. Immediately change your password
2. If you send any message to more than one person, you should put them all in the "bcc" line - that way the recipients don't receive a list of addresses for other people they don't even know, which thereby prevents the hackers/spammers from obtaining them.
3. I'd also suggest that you keep your contacts list locally on your own computer and not on a remote site. But that may require changing to a desktop email client." (Note from Michelle - that was too advanced and too much trouble for me, but maybe you know how to do that.)
From: [address removed]
Subject: [surfing-65] Sad Experience............Andrea Mae Curl
To: [address removed]
Date: Mon, 14 Nov[masked]:30:56 -0500
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, My family and I came down here to London, United Kingdom for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit card and mobile phone were stolen off us but luckily for me i still have my passports with me.
I've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and my flight leaves any moment from today but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the bills,
I'm freaked out at the moment.....I need your help out.
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