A. I wrote about this scam not too long ago, Edith. I’m sorry to hear that you’ve fallen victim to it. I only hope that none of your contacts sent these criminals money. Anyone who isn’t familiar with the scam should read my tip.
A compromised email account doesn’t mean your other accounts have been compromised. But I would assume the worst and take immediate action.
The person who hacked your account is probably in Nigeria. That’s where most scams like this originate. So, you have to wonder how the hacker got your log-in information.
The hacker doesn’t know you. So, he probably didn’t guess your password. For the same reason, your password probably wasn’t reset.
You could have been tricked by a phishing email. Or, in a worst-case scenario, you have a keylogger on your machine. Keyloggers record your keystrokes. Some even take screen shots.