16 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

Following on from last week’s front page story on Internet hackers a local man contacted the Northern Standard on behalf of his wife who was recently scammed out of over €1,000.
An Internet hacker masquerading as a friend of the woman, who is profoundly deaf and does not wish to be named, contacted her through Facebook and told her that they had won prizes.
The hackers told the victim that if she followed the same steps as her ‘friend’ she could also win prizes.
They asked her for her mobile number, which she gave them, and to deposit €750 into a post office account and told her that the prizes would be delivered to her home.
The victim deposited the money on Monday, 28th November but did not inform her family of what she had done as she believed that the prizes she would receive would make nice Christmas gifts for her children.
She received a number of text messages and emails from the hackers the following week and another request for a further €300 which the victim deposited in the account on Friday, 2nd December.
However, on the same day her family became aware of the scam and immediately contacted Monaghan Garda Station and Monaghan Post Office to alert them to what had happened.
The Gardaí tried to contact the number that the hackers had used to text the victim but this was not possible as the sim card had been removed from the phone.
However they told the victim that they would keep trying to ring the number in the hope that the phone would be used again by the scammers.
It transpired that the money desposited in the account by the victim had been withdrawn by a Nigerian citizen by the name of Oluwadamilare Badmus. In total the victim lost over €1,000 to the scammers.
Speaking to the Northern Standard the victim’s husband told how upsetting the experience had been for the family.
“The whole family is very upset over this especially since it is so close to Christmas. The hackers took advantage of my wife and we just wanted to make people aware of the scam.”

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