Saturday, April 9, 2022


 Ellie, I received an e-mail asking me to buy a $300 Amazon card which you had tried to buy but your credit card declined. You asked me to purchase it for you, and that you would reimburse me. I recognized it as a scam immediately. 

Here's the confusing part: Usually when I get an e-mail like this, I verify the e-mail. There is usually some slight variation in the e-mail address. Except this time there was not. It was your address, and entirely correct. 

I am not sure how to advise you on this one. I'd probably talk to one of your kids (or even a grandchild!)

At the very least, I would change the password on your e-mail account. 

Oddly enough, when I responded with "This is not Ellie," the message thread deleted immediately. 

FYI, my friend. 


  1. I wonder what these greedy and heartless scammers will be up to a year from now, two years, five years... They are like vultures preying on law-abiding citizens. Why can't e-mail providers, law enforcers, governments work harder to come down on these vile people like a ton of bricks?

  2. I got one of those fishing things on FB last night. You never know when and where they’re going to pop up.

  3. I expect them on facebook, usually messanger. It was just surprising to me to get an e-mail from one. They signed it Ella, which is not her name, but the e-mail address was hers, which confuses me. I wouldn't have responded without comparing the two addresses.

  4. Glad you did not fall for the scam. It is awful and cruel to try to take advantage like that.

  5. I am sorry, I have changed my password. You are not the only one to get this. Some of them had a little different address on them. I hate when people take advantage of something like. So sorry you know I would never ask for money from my friends. My kids got it too. Thanks for the note. Ellie

  6. I just sent you a note and I don't think it went through, I am sorry this happened to you. Ellie

  7. Oh my gosh, Ellie, don't you DARE apologize to me. You did nothing wrong. Not one thing. I am pretty astute about things like this. You may have to change your e-mail address. I'm not sure how they managed to hijack your account, but quite honestly, they are using YOUR e-mail address. I have never seen that happen before. I did not receive an e-mail from you.

  8. Ellie, I sent you an e-mail with no body, just 'testing' in the subject line. I think it routed to the person who's taken over your account.

  9. I did not get it. I have had this address for about 20 years. I will call verizon tomorrow and see what I need to do.


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