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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Abati refutes hackers claim on N.25m

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) enthusiast and chairman, The Guardian, Dr. Reuben Abati, has refuted the recent electronic mail which circulated last weekend that he was in dare need of N250,000 to save the life of his daughter.

According to an email from Dr. Abati, hackers broke into his email account and used it to solicit for financial assistance to take care of a so-called emergency situation.

“Friends and associates of Dr. Abati are advised to disregard the mail,” another email made available to ITRealms Online stated.

“It is not from me and I am in Lagos, not India, as alleged,” he said, insisting that there is nothing wrong with him or any member of his family.

ITRealms Online recalls that the purported mail from hackers indicated that Dr. Abati had an emergency.

“I seriously consider you to help me with sum of 250,000 Naira which I will pay immediately I get back, I am on a conference in India, I will be back on the 15th of January 2009.”

The hackers mail also read “My Daughter is seriously in need of medical attention after he was involved in an accident in Lagos , she is now at a private hospital waiting for medical solution and she has been asked to make payment the same above amount before further  medical treatment will be continue, I don’t want to loss her.

Hope to hear a positive news from you. I don’t want other to know about this, do keep it to yourself, all I need at the moment is 250,000 as a loan for her medical deposit so that the Doctor can save her life, I can not send money from where I am now.”

Additionally, the fake mail read, “I am very confused and desperate and I don’t seem to understand why this thing is happening to me, I promise to refund you your money immediately I get back home.

“Please kindly contact the doctor via email dr.ojolowoonline@googlemail.com or call 070411505005 to know who and where to send the money. I am trusting you that you will do the needful immediately.”

When ITRealms Online contacted the number in the mail, the individual concerned did not even know that his number has been used for such dirty deal.

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