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New E-Mail Scam Circulating

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A new scam wanting you to wire money to Malaysia has hit closer to the home.  Scammers hacked into Karen Patton's e-mail and sent everyone on her contact list a note saying she was stuck in Malaysia and needed them to wire her $3,600.

Patton knew something was strange when she couldn't log into her e-mail account, then the phone calls from friends and family started pouring in.  They were all asking if she was okay or if she knew someone had hacked into her account because they knew she wasn't in Malaysia. 

Patton says she always hears of scams, but never thought it would happen to her.  She explains, "I'm shocked.  I was angry, then you feel violated.  I was concerned if they going to get into my bank accounts.  What else are they going to get?  Are my children or anyone in my family and friends at risk?"

So far no one she knows of has tried to wire her the money.  Unfortunately, these types of scams are becoming more and more common.