Another popular scam starts with distress message sent by e-mail or message sent over a social networking site. Scammers first hijack the account then send a plea to their entire contact lists. The messages say the person was mugged or robbed during a vacation and needs money to pay the hotel bill, book airfare or replace a passport.
This scam actually includes two groups of victims: those that send money and those whose accounts were hacked. Remember to scan your computer periodically for viruses and malware. Use strong passwords and change them every so often.