A Duluth attorney and part-time city judge finds his email has been hacked and bogus requests for money were sent not only the city’s mayor, but municipal judges all over the state.
Claude Mason tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he became suspicious when he first received numerous bounced back emails from addresses that were no longer valid. But it was a phone call he received from a friend, who received one of the emails, who confirmed it.
The email read: “My family and I had a trip visiting Manila, Philippines. Everything was going on fine until last night when we got attacked by some unknown gunmen.” It went on to say: “We wondered if you could help us with a quick loan…to get back home. All we need is $2,650.”
Mason is not sure why he was targeted.
“Anybody can be hacked… I don’t know what their criteria is; maybe they were able to figure I had a large contact list,” he says.
Mason has since changed his password and the Duluth Police Department is investigating.