Your Facebook account got Hacked
It’s been a busy week for us reporting online scams and internet frauds.
And yet another example occurred just this morning as I was browsing around Facebook.
An instant message window popped up with a message from somebody that I did not know, but who looked like a nice enough person.
I have since emailed the person directly and warned them to change their Facebook password, but here is what happened . . .
I usually do not engage in Facebook chats with people I don’t know . . . just because I am too busy for it.
And because it is often a waste of time.
But hey!! It’s Saturday morning and I am just chilling . . . so what the heck.
So I reply to the message, and almost instantly 3 lines of text come back.
1st ALARM BELL
Now, I often copy and paste standard text where it will save me time, but not usually in the first line of a new conversation with someone that I do not know LOL
So, I take the bait and answer the question.
And again, almost instantly, 4 lines of text come back – definitely cut and paste.
2nd ALARM BELL
I read the message, and it’s definitely a sales pitch of some kind. That’s OK, although it was not something of interest to me.
But the English and grammar do not match what I would expect from the person in the Facebook profile.
3rd ALARM BELL
By now I am pretty much out of the conversation, so I cheekily reply with “You seem to type very quickly Miriam.“
Meanwhile, I am looking up who this person is on their FB page and looking for a way to contact them to verify what’s going on.
So I click on the “Request Phone Number” link in FB.
And straight away . . . “You request my number what for?“
So I roll with it . . .
Me – “So I can call you”
Them – “Why did you have to call me? Do we know each other before now?”
4th ALARM BELL
So I try a different tack. Having just checked where “Miriam” is based and having Googled the weather there, I ask . . .
“So, what’s the weather like in Melbourne this morning?”
The reply back . . . “Am busy”
Ooops . . . 5th ALARM BELL
As if I need any more by now.
So, now the game really is afoot . . .
Me – “Yes, I thought so!”
Them – “What exactly are you loking for”
Me – “I don’t know . . . you started this conversation What’s the weather like where you are . . . ?
It’s a pretty simple question to ask to break the ice in a social situation . . .
Hello, are you still there Miriam . . . ??”
So, I always like to help out when I find things online that need attention.
If your webpage isn’t working or has an error, I will message you.
And if your Facebook account has been hacked, I will email you.
Which is what I did with Miriam.
Hopefully, she gets the email and changes her password like I suggested.
Will update you if I get a reply back from her.
The Moral of the Story
- Use secure passwords!
- Use common sense online!
Passwords for your Facebook account are just as important as any other passwords.
Read these posts to find out more about using a secure password.
Click on the thumbnails to see the full size images of the Facebook message screen.
Well, that is quite simple really!
Watch this short VIDEO
How To Recover Hacked Facebook Account.
What to do if your Facebook account has been hacked.
What should you do now?
- Make sure that you use secure passwords.
- Change your passwords now.
- Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.
Calls are cool, texts are alright, tweets are chill, a facebook message is okay, but nothing beats seeing someone in person.
~ Anurag Ray
Remember – Your Facebook account got Hacked