Efforts to close the account were futile; the “yahoo teams” were not going to resolve the situation. In the meantime, the imposter sent personalized letters to family and friends who responded to “my” desperate plea for help. He assured them that it was truly me asking for the money, in notes friends described as “creepy.”

Increasingly curious about the person who had leapt so unexpectedly into my life, I created a new e-mail account for the sole purpose of communicating with the hacker.

Read the correspondence between Hunter-Bowman and her hacker and note her conclusions.