|MPs: Our email accounts hacked |
By SEAN DOUGLAS Saturday, June 14 2014
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Cheeky Colm: Diego Martin North/East MP Colm Imbert cheekily engages in cross-talk with Government MPs in the Lower House, Parliament Building, Tower ...
SEVERAL MPs yesterday admitted to having been victims of cyber-fraud, during yesterday’s Lower House debate on the bill to establish a Trinidad and Tobago Cyber Security Agency.
MPs Couva North Ramona Ramdial and La Brea Fitzgerald Jeffery said they have had their email accounts hacked, while Cumuto/ Manzanilla Colin Partap had been ripped off several times including once sent off money to a bogus online source for which he had never received any promised goods.
Ramdial, warmly welcomed back to the House after having given birth to a son, said her email account had been hacked a year ago by a Nigerian in the United Kingdom whom the TT Police had subsequently been put onto to question.
In that episode, she said a bogus email had been sent from her account claiming she’s been stranded abroad and begging her friends to send money to help her return to TT.
Ramdial related that at 6 am one day she had been getting frantic emails, text messages and phone calls from friends checking up on her.
She thanked those persons, apparently including some MPs present, who had sent money in support of her, to the fraudsters. MPs applauded her.
Partap admitted to having lost money several times over the Internet. Referring to Ramdial’s admission, Partap said, “One of my emails was also hacked; I still don’t have access to it. My credit card was used by someone.”
“Some of my constituents come in (with) letters stating they have won $20 million and they just have to pay $2,000 to access the $20 million and they come to me to see if they can get the $2,000, ha, ha,” related Partap. He had once “won” some sort of bogus online auction of a coin, sent away money to pay for it but had never ever received it.
Jeffery said his two email accounts were once hacked, resulting in him being contacted by persons from all over the world, and solicitations for money.