I woke up the other morning and went to read some emails, but wait - AVAST is flashing bright red saying it is turned off, and I couldn't turn it back on. A little confused and lacking any real caffeine in my still half asleep state, I opened up my Incredimail email folder and the first thing I see is.......
|Dear Trudi Davidson,|
Your payment for $700.00 USD to firstname.lastname@example.org has been initiated. This payment will be completed once the recipient has accepted the payment.
It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in the Recent Activity list on your Account Overview.
Currency Conversion: $840.27 AUD = $700.00 USD
The exchange rate for this purchase is 1 AUD = 0.833070USD
Amount: $700.00 USD
Transaction ID: 24T94578AY0148250
Subject: You've got a payment
Wrong, I can't download any new emails??? Go online to check out Gmail and it doesn't recognise my password.
Start to feel a little agitated at this stage and scream for more coffee (sorry girls) while dialing the bank to freeze my account.
Greeted by a recorded message..........Our business hours are.......yada yada yada
Breathe Breathe Breathe
Email Gmail from another account
Phone bank as soon as they open
Eventually, some three or four hours later I have managed to install new internet security, unlink my debit card from my savings, get a paypal investigation underway, regain control of my gmail account and have changed every single password I have.
But I still feel a little uneasy.
I have I know, always taken my Internet security for granted and this experience has rattled me.