Labor rebel MK Yuli Tamir succeeded in regaining control over her email on Wednesday after a hacker took control of Tamir's Yahoo address and sent an email to hundreds of people around the world in her address book telling them that she was in distress in London and needed them to send her money urgently.
Tamir spoke to Yahoo's headquarters in San Francisco to solve the problem, which was detected when she was in the Knesset plenum voting against the Economic Arrangements Bill. She also asked the bank mentioned in the email not to accept money on her behalf.
"I traveled to United Kingdom yesterday to visit a new Researchers' Complex in London, Imperial College," the email read. "Unfortunately for me all my money, credit card, diaries and my return ticket was stolen at the hotel where I lodged. I am so confused right now. I don't know what to do or where to go, I didn't bring my phone here and the hotel telephone line's was disconnected during the robbery incident, so I have access to only emails. Please can you send me 1,550 Pounds today so I can return home, As soon as I get home I would refund it immediately."
Tamir's friends around the world took the email seriously, thinking the Oxford-educated professor turned politician could really be in London and in trouble. But Tamir said that none of them had sent money without first calling to check whether the email was authentic.