If Hollywood ever falls short of stories, it can borrow from cyber scams. Of course the cyber world’s scams can give creative writers a run for money. The latest scam that’s flooding the newspapers is regarding a fake e-mail. The twist in the tale is that the victim is not an ordinary man; he is former Brownsville city commissioner Leonel “Leo” T. Garza, who is a private investigator now.
Garza, who himself should be uncovering scams of other people’s lives, fell a victim himself. Garza’s e-mail id was hacked and a mail was sent to his contacts declaring that he was in the United States, his credit cards were stolen and had no money either to return back or to pay his motel bills.
Garza, who owes the private detective firm ‘Eagle’s Eyes Investigators,’ said that those mails were nothing but spam. He has more than 100 contacts though all of them were not sent the mail.
He himself came to know about it when his brother from Oklahoma called up to find out if everything is alright with him. Not only this, calls started pouring from his clients from all over places like Los Angeles, Miami, Louisiana, and even Mexico. Although he reported the case to the Brownsville Police Department, he added that hackers could not access any information related to the cases he was handling.
The fake e-mail contained phone numbers to call, which matched Garza’s own number but with a different area code. Though they were not working numbers, it was interesting to know that there was no contact information, which meant that the hackers had no way of receiving any money.