Ultra-marathon runner Lisa Tamati is warning people of identity theft after having her entire online life hacked.
Yesterday Ms Tamati said hackers had taken control of her email account, Facebook, Skype and Trade Me and had locked her out.
"The hack is coming from Nigeria and it's right across the board.
"They've blocked me out of my accounts and are sending messages to people saying I'm in Florida and I've been beaten up and to please send money. Obviously it's not true."
Last year Ms Tamati had $10,000 stolen from her bank account by scammers and had already been into the bank to change her passwords this time.
"I've also been to the police but they can't do anything.
"It seems nobody can help me. I'm at a complete loss.
"It's identity theft and it's embarrassing to have my entire database spammed," she said.
Ms Tamati said she had no idea how she had been hacked but she hoped she would be able to regain control of her online life within 48 hours.
"It's been an absolute disaster and it's bloody scary."
Being a high-profile athlete made her more of a target for online hackers and she urged people not to open or respond to any online messages from her accounts in the next few days.
"I want to send my apologies to everyone and also let them know it's not me who is sending these messages, please ignore them.
"It just goes to show how dangerous it is online," she said.
Her TradeMe account had been restored to her control but Ms Tamati still warned people to be vigilant while online.
"Be careful everyone, or the Nigerians will get you," she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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