Y’all.. this has been one. crazy. weekend.
Let me start by saying I’m sorry. I know a lot of you received an email from “me.”
It all started while I was at a birthday party on Saturday. I have my iPhone with me 24/7, so I had just checked my email. No big deal.
Then I get a phone call from my aunt. Weird.
She says “Where are you?”
I said, “Umm, Cleveland, Ohio. Why?”
Aunt says, “Well, we just received an email from you, and assumed it was spam, but you might want to look into that.”
The email was this:
I’m writing this with tears in my eyes,i came down here to London,England for a short vacation to visit a resort and got mugged at gun point last night at the park of the hotel where i lodged.All
cash,credit cards and cell were stolen off.I’ve been to the embassy and the Police here but they’re not helping issues at all,Our flight leaves today and I’m having problems settling the hotel bills.
The hotel manager won’t let us leave until i settle the hotel bills(1,000 GBP) now am freaked out.Please reply and let me if can you have the money wire to me through western union i promise to pay back as soon as i get back home.
Obviously I was not in London. Let’s face it… I’m going to Maine in a month, and I cannot stop talking about it. You would think if I was taking a trip to, I dunno… let’s say LONDON, you all would know about it. Right? Right.
Then all of the calls came. Aunts, uncles, mother, father… texts from everyone. Tweets from people. Then I tried to log on to Facebook. No-go. Facebook hacked. Logged into my blog email (firstname.lastname@example.org). No-go. Hijacked as well.
My life crumbled. I couldn’t tell everyone I was OK. Not to mention, my blog is controlled by my GMail.
I spent most of the weekend crying. I felt taken advantage of. I was exposed. Everything was completely out of my control.