Kate (not real name) had a lodge mate at school that she was acquainted to. Her name is Nancy. For a long time they exchanged ideas on the way forward amidst uncertain economic prospect that await them after their school program. After their programs they parted ways but remained occasionally in touch via Facebook.
On this fateful day, Nancy’s Facebook page was hacked by a brilliant scammer and changed all the credentials that could make it possible for her to recover the account.
One cool evening around 10 pm, Kate received a message from Nancy’s messenger after a relatively long time of no chat. Nancy introduced a captivating business idea to Kate. It was a get rich quick scheme whereby Kate was required to pay any amount of money and then get it doubled in 30 minutes.
Kate became reluctant but was assured by Nancy who reminded her their mutual dream and then showed her screenshots of how much she has made from the scheme. At this point the offer was irresistible; Kate was willing to commit.
After receiving the contact of the group leader and the account details, Kate made a transfer using her mobile App. Shortly afterwards, she was notified of the receipt of her payment and assured of receiving double in 30 minutes even as she was urged to increase her deposit for her to cash out big.
In about 30 minutes, Kate was contacted again and then asked to click on a certain link in order to redeem her cash. On clicking the Link, she’s asked to log into her Facebook again. Moments after typing her username and password, she’s logged out of Facebook; her own account has been hacked too.
Now the hacker is going to use her profile to scam her gullible friends. This is the new face of Facebook scam. The scammer must see something in the inbox that he would use. Either he scams the victim’s friends, or he hacks victim’s friends’ account, or he gets something that he will use to blackmail you in order to extort you. It can really get messy.
But where did Kate get it wrong? Where did Nancy get it wrong? What should have been done differently?
There’s little that Nancy could have done. The best bet is for her to create another account, add as many of her friends as possible, make a public post concerning her hacked account tagging all her existing friends, and then report the account while asking her friends to do so too. That’s a pretty hard job to do. She could also make public post on her other social network accounts.
For Kate, she made many blunders. First is that she made a rash financial decision. Always sleep over a deal before making commitment. Second, she should not have entered her logging details in a link that was sent by a stranger. Lastly, she failed to confirm by putting a call through before making payment. As a rule: before you make any payment for any business that was initiated online, confirm through phone call.
Why do scammers succeed even with cheap formats as this?
1. Most internet users are ignorant. Update yourself by regularly reading anti scam articles such as the ones in burstscam.com.
2. Scammers mount unnecessary pressure on victims. Beware of pressure to commit.
3. Scammers capitalize on trusts and relationships of friends.
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