I debated if I should even post this. But in the end I thought it would be a good learning lesson for others. Learn from my mistakes so you dont make them yourself.

So, what happened to me? Well, my email account was hacked. This is my main google account for Voice, Picasa, Analytics, and AdSense. However, it was not my primary email account. It was however my primary account for gTalk.

The account was hacked because of 2 reasons. 1: my password was week. 2: I had not changed it in a very long time. I consider both of these to be totally my fault.

So, what did the hacker do? Well to start with they mass mailed my contacts. The email claimed I was stuck in London after being a victim of a robbery. They deleted all the email in the account, deleted all my contacts and altered account settings.

The kicker was when they got on my gTalk account. They were trying to get money from friends of mine posing as me. This is where they crossed the line from malicious hacking to outright fraud. Fortunately my friends are somewhat intelligent and figured it out.

Below is the transcript of the gTalk session as well as the email that went out to my contacts. Again, I post this as a warning to others. Be smart with your accounts and how you use them. Don't let yourself be a victim to this as it will ruin your day at the least..

till next time,

--Dave

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Email:

Hey... ,i'm sorry for this odd request because it might get to you too urgent but it's just because of the situation of things right now, i'm stuck in London, I came down here on vacation, i was robbed, worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and my cell phone was stolen at GUN POINT, it's such a crazy experience for me, i need help flying back home, the authorities are not being 100% supportive but the good thing is i still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home, please i need you to loan me some money, will refund you as soon as i'm back home, i promise.

--Dave

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Chat Transcript (me is the person pretending to be me. Yakoob is my buddy):

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17:40 AM
2yakoob: Yo
3 On droid
47:41 AM
5me: hi
6 yakoob: Hey man, hows it?
7 me: Am not happy this time
87:42 AM
9yakoob: whats wrong?
107:43 AM
11me: i'm stuck in London
12 yakoob: london sucks
13 hehehe
14 what ya doikng therE?
157:44 AM
16me: London, I came down here on vacation, i was robbed, worse of it is that bags, cash and cards and my cell phone was stolen at GUN POINT
17 yakoob: holy shit
18 wtf
19 im glad your ok
20 can i do anytthing to help?
21 me: it's such a crazy experience for me
227:45 AM
23yakoob: fuck
24 that suck man
25me: Yeah i need help flying back home
26 yakoob: what can i do?
27 me: the good thing is i still have my passport but don't have enough money to get my flight ticket back home
287:46 AM
29please i need you to loan me some money, will refund you as soon as i'm back home, i promise
30yakoob: surethinbg
31 paypal?
32 me: You can wire it to my name from a western union outlet
337:47 AM
34yakoob: paypal no work for you?
35
36me: It has really been embarrassing for me here
377:48 AM
38yakoob: no shit
39 western union lets me send online
40 me: No..you can transfer the money to me by western union
41 okay
427:49 AM
43yakoob: so where do i send?
44me: all i need here now is $1200 but whatsoever you can afford to wire right now will really help
45yakoob: i can do the 1200
46get ya out of this mess
47me: okay7:50 AM
48Here are the details you need to get it to me
49 yakoob: k
50 me: my full name
51Okay
52yakoob: how do i spell fergi again?
537:51 AM
54me: Location - 22 St. John Street London, EC1M 4AY United Kingdom
55my full name is :Dave Ferguson
56okay
577:52 AM
58yakoob: just to make sure your not the robber
59whats my nick name
602nd part
61the crazy "****"
62and which 2 people did i sit in the cube with
637:53 AM
64me: Common whats the meaning of this ???
65yakoob: you could answer this, who did i sit in the cube with out side your office
66 me: am in a bad situation here
677:54 AM
68and you just there making jokes with me
69 yakoob: no
70 making sure your not the robber
71 he has your phone
72 me: i have no time to waste and you have to understand this
73 yakoob: your messenger
74 could chat me since im online and ask for money
75 just protecting my self...
76 not a joke
777:55 AM
78who were my cube mates out side of your office
79 the 2 guy i worked with in the cube
80 first name will do
81 ill send the money right after you tell me that
827:56 AM
83you there man?
847:57 AM
85me: am really disappointed in you
86 yakoob: dave
87 seriously
887:58 AM
89what if its not you typing
90 me: Common
91 yakoob: its just a simple question
92 me: its me
93 i will sign off now
94 if you not willing to help me
95 yakoob: i'll send ya money immediatily
96 i am wiilling to help
977:59 AM
98me: you have to use your common brian
99 yakoob: i will , when you tell me the first name of the 2 guys i worked with on magic
100 easy question
101 me: if not me charting with you...how come will i take the money you will send to me with my name ???
1028:00 AM
103yakoob: the robbers have your identity
104 and they have your phone which has messenger
105 ect...
106 if im talking to the robber right now they cant answer this simple question
107 I worked out side your office with 2 guys for a year
108 what were their names
1098:01 AM
110and bam money comes
1118:02 AM
112me: am here using the hotel manager email address to chart with you
113 not with a phone
114 and i still have my international passport with me here ,not stolen
115 okay
1168:03 AM
117yakoob: look dave, if this is dave.... "the guy that worked hotels in vegas" and was our contractor dba, whats his name
118 i dont know why this is so difficult
119 tell me his name and ill send your money
1208:04 AM
121me: bye
122 you are not ready to help me
1238:05 AM
124yakoob: lol, i'll help you when you confirm its your by answerijng this simple question
125 which you well know the answer too
126 else im sure its not you
127 whats the domain to your podcast
128 you know all this stuff
129 why wont you confirm with me
1308:06 AM
131i think your not dave and a criminal phishing
132 if you were you would ahve no problem answering the question