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Cornish Mum Hacked by Fraudsters
6:01am 3rd December 2012
A Germoe mum of five has told Pirate FM how fraudsters laundered thousands of pounds through her eBay account - without her knowing.
It is as police open a dedicated phone line for us to report scams.
Anna's e-mail account had been hacked allowing criminals to use the information to sell stolen goods.
They even tried to open a bank account and apply for a passport.
Anna told us: "The problem is, once they're in, you don't know what they can set up in your name. Even now they could be setting things up in my name. Fortunately I changed all my passwords.
"When it happened the police couldn't do much about it. They said they would leave it to PayPal and eBay. I think [this new fraud hotline] is a great idea. It's more on the up and potentially you can lose thousands."
“It will enable us to focus our attention and expertise on a concentrated number of crimes that we are in the best position to deal with, rather than the volumes of crimes we have been receiving.”
- Ask questions- if someone is legitimate they won’t pressurise you or be elusive.
- Check the real company’s details against the ones you have been given.
- Be wary about giving personal information to strangers or providing money up front.
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