AW Has Been HACKED!

The first notification that my email had been hacked came from Ilan in Moscow. The Legendary Ironman of Georgia Chess was next. Today I read the following at the magnificent website The Week In Chess:

Mark Crowther @MarkTWIC

In the chess world anyone know how to get in touch with Michael Bacon? His email has been hacked.

Mark Crowther @MarkTWIC Replying to @MarkTWIC

Someone who knows Michael Bacon needs to get in touch – via another method other than email as the person now in control of his account tried the Amazon Gift Card scam on me. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/oct/06/amazon-gift-card-scams-it-pays-to-know-who-your-real-friends-are … . For a start I can’t think of anyone I’d do this for. Certainly not for $250!

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Amazon gift card scams: it pays to know who your real friends are Often friendly emails request a favour – but they are only out to dupe you theguardian.com

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Amazon gift card scams: it pays to know who your real friends are

Often friendly emails request a favour – but they are only out to dupe you

Scams all wrapped up as an Amazon gift card.
Scams all wrapped up as an Amazon gift card. Photograph: Kenishirotie/Alamy
Rebecca Smithers

Rebecca SmithersTue 6 Oct 2020 02.00 EDT

Sorry to bother you, hopefully you can help at the moment. I need to buy an Amazon gift card as a birthday gift for my nephew today but I can’t do this now as I’m currently away and I tried purchasing online but unfortunately no luck. Can you get it from any store around you? I’ll pay you back as soon as I am back. Your response would be greatly appreciated.

CF, by email

Nice try, CF, but we’re not falling for your attempt to defraud us. This email received by Consumer Champions is just one version of numerous scams doing the rounds involving Amazon gift cards. In one, links are shared on social media offering free Amazon vouchers or coupons. Users are invited to click on links to unlock significant discounts or receive free shopping on Amazon, before being asked for their personal or financial details.

Another is like this one – fraudsters hack into email accounts and submit apparently friendly requests for a favour. Often they claim to be a friend of a friend or even a work colleague. Sometimes they will ask you to buy a gift card online and forward it. We gather that local trading standards have been inundated with complaints from people who have been duped.

Amazon tells consumers to never answer an unsolicited email or phone offer they feel is too good to be true. And if you do fall victim, if you are an Amazon account holder contact its customer service or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/oct/06/amazon-gift-card-scams-it-pays-to-know-who-your-real-friends-are

If you have received an email from me asking for anything whatsoever please disregard. ‘Tis the season for scammers…