re: I believe the account was hacked
I received one of these messages, too.
The originating email address on my message is listed as the address the mods have traditionally used for several years now, for communication with forum members.
Since this same address has been published over and over again on the forum... it may be the case that some hacker just sat on the log in page for this yahoo email account and used software to try a bunch of variations of passwords to get into the account.
I would be curious to know if the hacker left the password the same so as to avoid bringing attention to themselves (if the scam was a serious attempt to get money), or if they changed the PW to lock out the original users as a malicious thumb to the nose.
Either way... any email addresses on that account are now in the hacker's hands. Mine was a public business address so I'm not too worried.
Cheers, and if Angeline needs me to go pick her up in England, just let me know. I got frequent flier miles and some vacation time coming...