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Kearney mayor's email hacked again


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Back in April, Mayor Stan Clouse's personal email got hacked and a few short months later scammers made their way back into his account.

Clouse said that the hackers took a similar approach to scamming his friends by asking for money.

“People say, did you send this out? Because it’s a request from Mayor Stanley Clouse asking for money for some fundraising activities [...] to help support our community and I'm gonna need your financial assistance, you know that type of thing" said Clouse.

This type of scamming isn’t uncommon, CEO of Prairie Hills Wireless, Kent Urwiller, said it actually happens quite often.

“They’ll call your phone or business and say that they are Google, Microsoft, Facebook, eBay and they'll say that there is an action that needs to be taken on their account and they’ll ask for different information and they’ll get that kind of information they need by fishing that from you.”

However there are ways to stay safe from scammers by setting up extra security on your accounts.

“Google, Hotmail and Outlook have a two step verification and you can opt into that and that is the best way to prevent this from happening" said Urwiller.

Urwiller also said the main thing scammers target people for is money and Mayor Clouse can attest to this.

“I just want to let people know it’s been hacked, if you get emails from me requesting money, don’t do it.”

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There are many ways to keep your account safe from getting hacked and Urwiller said the best way to do this is to always double check the legitimacy of the email or call.

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