Landrieu Chief of Staff Is Not Trapped in the Philippines

Posted May 1, 2012 at 12:20pm

It appears Internet thieves don’t abide by the Congressional recess schedule.

So learned Jane Campbell, chief of staff for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), when she awoke to discover that her personal Yahoo account had been compromised and her entire contact list poached.

“My personal email has been hacked. I am totally fine and in DC, not in the Philippines being robbed. Do not send money,” Campbell warned family, friends and various professional acquaintances via her still-secure Senate email.

“It’s just one of those classic scams,” Campbell told HOH of the SOS-from-a-stranded-and-penniless-traveler-abroad scenario email spammers use to separate gullible good Samaritans from their hard-earned cash.

Campbell has since updated her account — “I believe I’ve gotten control of it back,” she suggested — changing passwords and such to ward off future phishing attempts.