Half a year ago my Facebook page got hacked. Try as I might, re-applying got me nowhere. Past weekend I googled Facebook Help, phoned the 1-800 number and spoke to a chap in India. What a Roller Coaster ride. Seems my IP address had been hacked and as a result spam and some wink wink nod nod had been forwarded around the world. Complaints were filed to the company and my page was shut down. Since I hadn’t used my desktop since my step-son gave us an iPad, I was oblivious as to who was using my IP and former e-mail address.
To make a long story short, the fellow in Delhi said it would cost $100 to increase speed, add anti virus apps and maybe sell one’s first born. He then turned me over to his colleague who wanted $200. We could pay him via Apple ITunes gift cards. That’s when the light came on.. The phone number was not for Facebook support after all.
While speaking to a local computer geek we were told the above was a scam and suggested names of local companies that could resolve all issues at a more than reasonable price. This is what we are doing. We received two more angry calls from India late that night threatening to cut us off Facebook, so what, since we haven’t used it for past half year since it was hacked and we are enjoying Twitter.
BEWARE: these scammers are alive and well and living in India ready to prey on folks like you and me. Interpol needs to shut these criminals down. But like noxious weeds they will go underground and resurface again and again. Network servers need to monitor this kind of crap and pull the plug on these criminals. Period.
I spoke to a techie friend in Edmonton a moment ago….she said that the university she’s attending was blackmailed $20,000 to get back on line after school’s computers were compromised. Another in their city was hijacked but anti-malware curbed the threat and saved the day after the first’s university’s story went public and all firewalls were at the ready.
Sadly ever since Adam and Eve there are folks who want to make a quick buck at one’s expense. What a hell of a way to live one’s life.