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Man receives emails from deceased father

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30 Nov 2011 at 23:19hrs | Views
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA  - Tom Kifer gets about two emails a year from his father's email account. Over the last 10 days Kifer has received five. Tom Kifer's father died six years ago.

"It does upset me knowing that there are so many people who were in his address book that are now receiving that, that bothers me. Because I know how other people are re-acting to it," Kifer said.

Kifer said hackers took over his late father's AOL account several years ago and have sent spam to the emails in his father's address book.

The FBI does not want to see other email address and online accounts fall into the wrong hands.

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Kifer said he does not know for sure how hackers took over his father's account.

He said when he first started to receive the emails, he contacted America Online (AOL) about the situation. Kifer said AOL had no explanation either.
Source - WTVR