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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
A Tifton woman got quite a surprise when her friends began receiving an email stating she was stranded in another country and needed money.
The emails weren't from her but from a scammer. We even got one of them here in our own newsroom.
Thursday morning, hundreds of people on Lynn Ross's contact list got a email that said she was in London and needed help and money but Ross says she didn't send the email in fact she says she hadn't even opened up her email that morning when she found out she was hacked.
Thursday morning, when Lynn Ross walked into her office, her phone rang and didn't stop.
"I've probably had 50 phone calls this morning," said Ross
People from near and far were calling because they got a strange email from her this morning asking for help and a lot of money.
"They said did you know you must have been hacked," said Ross.
The email was sent out to all of her contacts, and it said she was in London for a program but lost her phone and wallet and needed to make a payment to get her passport back.
The email even had her signature at the bottom.
"The interesting thing is they picked up my automatic signature, but he phone number they changed," said Ross.
When Lynn realized she was the target of a scammer, she contacted AT&T for help.
"They said change your password run the virus scans and make sure no program, a viral type program has come into my computer a viral type program," said Ross.
But Ross says she always tries to stay as safe as possible she uses multiple passwords for all of her accounts and always runs her virus scans and never clicks on emails that could be dangerous.
Not only did she lose lots of valuable time, but she also lost at least 500 very important contacts.
"I have lost three hours worrying about emails when I should have been worrying about child development," said Ross.
But despite losing hundreds of contacts, she realized a lot of people cared.
"Yes, I have many more friends that have me in mind than I thought I did," said Ross.
In the future she says she plans to change her passwords more frequently and make a copy of all of her contacts.
She hopes no one else is targeted she found out anyone who replied didn't send the reply to her but to the scammer. She's also hoping no one sent money.
We called the number of that bogus email and it was not Lynn Ross's number.
If you get one of those scammer emails, you should ignore it.