Scammers hack into Zimbabwean politican’s email account

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs deputy minister, Moses Mzila Ndlovu, is reportedly the latest politican to find that his personal email account has been broken into by scammers attempting to trick money out of his friends and associates.

The first that Moses Mzila Ndlovu, who is a member of the Movement for Democratic Chance (MDC-M) party, knew of the security breach was when he received phone calls from friends asking him to verify if he was really stuck in a London hotel having lost his passport and air tickets.

Ndlovu told reporters, “That is when I panicked and tried to access my email, but I failed.”

The emails asked for £1500 to be wired to the supposed stranded politician, which would (the scammers claimed) be repaid on his return to Zimbabwe.

Fortunately, it’s not believed that anyone really sent any money, believing that the Zimbabwe…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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