Thursday, 23rd September 2021

Facebook fraudsters hack accounts and demand money

British Asia News Network

Sri Lanka: Information Security Engineer Ravindu Meegasmulla has said that The Computer Emergency Readiness Team and Coordination Centre (CERT|CC) had received some complaints in regards to 15 incidents where ransoms were demanded via Facebook.

He went on to say that people who hacked into Facebook accounts had sent messages to their friends using their friend lists. He also said that the hackers send messages to friends of the original profile owners and ask to borrow money via an easy cash facility. They send several mobile numbers to transfer the money.

Victims who had fallen to the fraudster’s demands had deposited up to a sum of Rs.9,000.

The CERT|CC has advised the public to activate the ‘two-factor authentication’ as a precaution.

Mr. Meegasmulla has asked all to be aware and said, “If the user logs into their own Facebook profile, they should be aware of two possibilities. There should be a green padlock mark displayed near the address bar to show that the profile login was a secured connection and has the hyperlink address of https://www.facebook.com. Or the ‘Two-factor authentication’ should be activated,”

He also suggested that when receiving a friend request the owner of the profile should double checked by phoning him or her before accepting.

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