The Bad News: Two A&E stars from "Storage Wars" almost lost their life's savings when a couple of cyber criminals hijacked their financial accounts last week.
The Good news: The thieves were REALLY dumb.
TMZ spoke with Dan and Laura Dotson -- the auctioneers from "S. Wars" -- who tell us the hackers remotely broke into their home computer and stole all sorts of critical information, including credit card and bank account numbers.
But the Internet thieves pulled a rookie mistake ... and tried to make some MAJOR purchases all at once ... which immediately raised a red flag with the credit card's security team.
Once the Dotsons were alerted to the situation, they obviously denied the charges -- and quickly cancelled their cards and changed their account passwords.
It gets worse ... while still connected to the reality TV stars' computer ... the perps began to chat over instant message about the heist in progress. Laura, thinking quickly, took a screen grab of the convo.
Laura and Dan tell us they've already reached out to authorities ... and hope to press charges as soon as cops can identify the culprits.