This hack job was personal.
Coun. Nelly Dever was in Cranbrook for a conference Friday morning when she took a break and checked her business emails on her iPad.
Several of them were from clients or other people she knew asking if her email had been hacked, as they had received messages from her that she was in Scotland and had lost her passport and wallet.
They were directed to call a number included in the email.
A similar message had circulated through some email accounts in Kamloops a month ago among people with connections to Christina Mader. Dever’s main business email, firstname.lastname@example.org, was among those recipients.
About 10 days ago, her Yahoo email business account contacts disappeared.
“After three days, my list of contacts came back,” she said.
She wondered Tuesday if, during that time, someone had hacked into her account and read her emails because what was sent out to her contacts included personal information. A message to her mother, for instance, included a childhood nickname and a photo of Dever.
“The emails were personal. They had read the emails in my account,” she said.
She was worried because her contacts included not just her business-related emails, but also some of her City contacts.
She hasn’t heard of anyone actually succumbing to the scam and sending money to the bogus Nelly Dever in Scotland, but she doesn’t know how many people may have been contacted, either.
She’s also struggling to shut down the old account. Her fiance changed the password and noticed there was something showing from Nigeria on it.
She plans on changing her business cards and website, wiping out her old email address altogether.
Just to make sure there weren’t other complications, Dever contacted the head of City bylaws about the breach, who notified the RCMP.
After several days of trying to set the record straight and get her electronic life back in order, Dever said she’s thinking of going old-school and getting a Rolodex for her contact information.
And by the way, the hackers got one thing wrong. She’s never been to Scotland.