Social networking scams

Social networking has given scammers another mean by which to try and fleece you out of your hard-earned cash. Webmaster Drew highlights one such scam for which you should be on the look out.

Natasha Cann, a 34-year-old IT Professional from South Australia probably thought she knew more than most to be able to protect her details online. Not so, her Facebook account was hacked and login information changed. This not only allowed hackers to post on her page and scam thousands from her friends but also caused great distress to those who know her.

Natasha had contact with most of her friends and family through the popular social networking site Facebook. When hackers posted on her wall that she had been assaulted and robbed and needed money while in London, family and friends were rightly concerned.

A phone call to Natasha alerted her to what had happened but any attempts to post messages or comments on her wall were either deleted or changed by the hackers. Facebook was unbelievably slow to react and did not shut down the account until 12 hours after contact from Natasha. This resulted in at least one friend sending $1000 via Western Union to try and help her out.

There are a number of strategies users should employ when ensuring they stay secure online including changing passwords every three months, not using the same passwords on a number of websites and having a virus scanner installed at all times.

You can find out more tips in our article: Staying Secure Online.