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Facebook users need to be alert of hackers

Posted in Crime Prevention February 12th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

Recently, an intruder hacked into a Colorado woman’s Facebook page to scam members. This may be the first reported case in Colorado. As hackers get more sophisticated, everyone using Facebook regardless of where you are should be alert to potential scamming schemes.

The scammer was using the woman’s account and sending emails to her friends and family account asking for money. The scammer posed as this woman and claimed that she was in London where she was robbed and wanted her friends and family in her Facebook account to send money. When the real owner of the account and her friend logged into her Facebook account, she emailed to ask if she was still there. The scammer answered that she was. That’s when the woman knew that her account was hacked into.

Here are some ways to stay safe on social network sites.

– Always attempt to call or send an email to confirm a situation before wiring money.

– If you’re not sure whether or not the person you are interacting with digitally is truly the person they say they are, try asking a question only your friend would only know the answer to.

– Make sure your computer’s antivirus and firewall software is up to date.

If you think your account has been hacked, contact the social network immediately and report the incident to law enforcement.

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