Facebook hackers stealing identities for cash

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  • Fraudsters are stealing the identitiers of Facebookers on order to get their cash...

    Fraudsters are hacking into Facebook and conning British families out of hundreds of pounds.

    The gangs break into the accounts of people on the social networking site and trick their friends and family into sending them money.

    The FBI and other authorities believe the racket is a potential goldmine for criminals, because Facebook users tend to trust messages they receive from ‘friends.’ The fraud came to light when the Sunday Times revealed recently how the parents of a British gap-year student travelling in Colombia were persuaded to send cash via Western Union money transfer to a man who said he was a friend of their son.

    The scam however is far more widespread and is operating in Britian as well. A Nigerian-based fraudster who hacked into the Facebook account of Abigail Pickett, 28, a British ski instructor living in Chamonix, France, persuaded an Italian friends to wire money to England.

    Gordon Snow, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber crime division, warned: ‘Users fall victim to the schemes due to a higher level of trust typically displayed while using social networking sites.’


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