Cybercrime is getting bigger, stronger and faster as we talk. Diana Solomon is one of the victims of cybercrime. The hackers got acces to her e-mail account. And claimed that she needed money.
Diane Solomon was on her way from her Santa Clarita home to a run/walk at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum earlier this month when her smartphone alerted her to an e-mail received on her work account - sent from her own personal e-mail address.
According to the e-mail, titled "MY PLIGHT!!!" Solomon was currently stranded in Europe after being robbed at gunpoint. She didn't have any money, her cell phone wasn't working, and she needed 1,500 pounds to be wired to the U.K. to get back to the States.
Within minutes, she began receiving concerned texts and e-mails from some of the 400 contacts in her Yahoo! e-mail account.
"I'm talking to you on Facebook right now," one neighbor wrote in a text.
Solomon didn't have a Facebook account. Whoever had hacked into her e-mail had used pictures in the account to make a Facebook page for her and was pleading for her friends to send money.
Solomon's ordeal typifies a scam that has been growing in frequency over the last several years as the overall rate of Internet crime has jumped dramatically.