Beware – It Can Happen Anytime!
This is a serious problem and there are ways to avoid this, but, we are never safe from “cyber criminals.”
The “cyber criminals” can infiltrate your Facebook profile, and then change the email address on the account and the password. Once they have access to the account, they can then send out emails to everyone asking for money or whatever it is they are looking for. This is known as phishing and Facebook has named it the “419scam”. First they hack your account and then they disguise themselves as you and chat with your friends and send out the emails. Western Union has a whole list of consumer protection for fraud.
Once you realized what has happened, it’s already too late. You can send an email to Facebook via there Help function, but, you have to be able to get into your account to do so. You can ask a friend or colleague to contact them on your behalf and Facebook will then lock the account. For more information, go to Facebook Help. There are steps that Facebook will send you to follow, but once your account has been compromised you will not be able to access the account to make the changes. It is frustrating, to say the least.
What you can do to protect yourself:
- Change your password on a regular basis
- Do not share your information with just “anyone”
- Check your privacy settings
- Never post anything that is too personal
- and…..never post that you are out of town!
If you think your account or a friend’s account had been hacked, go immediately to Facebook’s Help Center.
Has this ever happened to you? How did you handle it?
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Christine Buffaloe – Social Media Expert and Online Business Manager. Christine received her training on-the-job when working as an Executive Assistant for 5 years. Tiring of the commute every day, she took that knowledge and experience and dedicated it to Serenity Virtual Assistant Services. Christine has been a featured guest on webinars and in Entreprenuer.com. If you need help or assist please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or for more of her tips please visit Serenity Virtual Assistant Services