Saturday, February 7, 2009
"A local pastor’s day was turned upside down Friday after hackers stole his e-mail identity and sent a distress message to all his contacts.
"The Rev. Darren Demaree, pastor of Legacy Church in Loveland [StreetView], said Friday that his Hotmail e-mail account had been hacked into. Hotmail is an Internet-based e-mail service that allows its users to access their accounts from anywhere in the world.
"Apparently, someone somewhere in the world has done just that.
"An e-mail plea was sent to everyone in his address book saying he had taken an unplanned trip to England to take part in a program called `Empowering the Youth to Fight Racism, HIV/AIDS, and Lack of Education.`
"It further reads: `Unfortunately, all my money and traveling documents were stolen in my hotel room during a robbery incident in the hotel where I lodged.`
"It then asks for recipients to send him money — 2,500 British pounds, or about $3,700.
"`This has been awful,` Demaree said from Loveland on Friday. `Everyone’s been calling.`
"Demaree, who didn’t travel to London for any such conference, said he cannot even access his own e-mail account, so his wife has been trying to send messages to everyone from hers.
"He has tried to get the provider of the e-mail account to help him but has been unsuccessful, he said."
From The Reporter-Herald...