Yesterday, my Facebook account was hacked and used by some morons who think that my Facebook friends must be morons, to try to solicit money from various Facebook friends of mine. The story was that “I” was mugged in the UK and needed help. I saw what was happening right before my very eyes. It was kind of surreal and kind of funny. And then I changed my password and moved on with my life.
Today, I found myself unable to log into Facebook, and moments later, I received this email from Facebook:
Your account has been temporarily suspended for security purposes. Our systems indicate that your Facebook account has been compromised by cybercriminals attempting to impersonate you. These criminals often will try to trick your friends into sending them money by claiming that you are stuck in a far away location and need assistance. It is possible that your email account was compromised as well. As such, we have sent this email to all email accounts recently associated with your account. Obtaining access to a victim’s email is one of the primary ways these cybercriminals have been operating. Please take the following steps to regain control of your account:
They listed three steps, the first two of which I took care of immediately. The third step involves doing whatever they say to do in the next instructions they send.
I have to say that I am quite miffed. My facebook account was hacked, and now I have to suffer these inconveniences? Jumping through these facebook hoops to get my account back? What about the criminals who broke into my account?