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E-mail scam targets teachers

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by News Channel 8’s Tina Detelj
Posted Nov. 6, 2007
6:35 PM

Stonington (WTNH) _ Several people in Southeastern Connecticut are not gambling when it comes to a suspicious e-mail.

An e-mail was sent to some Pawcatuck teachers, supposedly from a friend. Luckily, the teachers were able to determine that the e-mail was a hoax, but they are concerned that others might fall for the scam.

“The grammar in the e-mail was far from what we’re used to seeing and that was the biggest clue,” said principal Jane Guilini.

The e-mail reads in part, “I will appreciate whatsoever you can afford to send me for now.” It asks for $2,500 to be sent through Western Union because the sender is supposedly stranded in Nigeria.  One of the teachers from North Stonington does do work in Africa and whoever sent the bogus e-mail knew enough about her work to mention a program that fights racism and HIV/AIDS.

All you have to do is look at the headlines to see that the Nigerian scams are evolving. This scam could have been very effective because whoever sent out the e-mail hacked into a teacher’s e-mail account making the e-mail seem more authentic and more personal.

“Someone has altered her password so yes, this has happened,” said Guilini.

So far, none of the teachers have fallen for the scam and they want to make sure no one does.

“I think it’s just a great reminder that sometimes scam artists try to prey on your emotions,” said Asst. Superintendent, Leanne Masterjoseph.

Masterjoseph says it is also a reminder to be skeptical of any suspicious e-mails. Of course any e-mail which asks for money should be considered suspect, especially if it’s from Nigeria.

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