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About a month ago I turned on the computer and tried to sign in to my emal...msn,com.
I was not allowed to sign in and was informed that msn was upgrading to make its email accounts safer. I was told I had to change my account from to I did...I really did not mind, for it would be safer I was for it.
My problem was I could not get back to my msn account to move my folders, etc..

Well, last week I got and email from "me" and it informed me that If I wanted my email account "msn" back I needed to send $750.00 US as it was put to him. In an effort to stall the idiot I said it would be 2 weeks before I could. He then sent another email telling me to very careful and he gave me his bank, its address and account #.
Up until then I had been trying to reach MSN and all I got was a auto generated email asking for everything but my recipe for french toast. I just wanted to find out how to retrieve my info at my msn email account.
Anyway, when I found out that my account was being "held hostage" and that I had recieved an email with an attempt to extort money from me I tried reporting it to MSN. Once again, I recieved a reply that asked for the recipe for french toast. Of course you know I am trying to be funny. I am trying to say that the reply was not helpful.
Hell, I even took it to the local police help.
I am not going to send the jerk any money, I was not born yesterday. I am just wondering if there is anything that I can do and I am wondering if you have had any reports like this before.
Thank you very kindly,

Don K. Miles
NEXTEL Direct Connect 166*84*527

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How about contacting your local BBB?

I believe the BBB can give you advice on whom to report this to as well as how to contact the real MSN to see if you can salvge the info you want etc.
Also get some one to clean up your computer. Not only is your computer being used as a hostage but most likely it's being tracked on whatever you do: e-mail and everything else.
Good luck, Larry
P.S. I used the BBB once about 5 years ago for a different reason but I sure got results

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Don, send an email to

It may get someone's attention. Tell them that you are seriously of dropping your account because you think someone is attempting to extort money from you, provide them with a copy of the emails from that person and print out copies for yourself. This can be done from any computer, a library computer and it won't cost you anything. Can you access Outlook Express, all your folders would be there since it is a POP3 account. Darrell Lewis

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Also, I had this tried with AOL BUT I used a different (more

credit card and a new email addresses from the old ones

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