South Yorkshire Police have issued a warning after scores of victims were tricked into giving out their contact details or clicking on a dangerous link by cybercriminals posing as a friend.
Dannielle Lee, Force Cyber Protection Officer, said, “We all know social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends. This was especially important to many of us during the lockdown, and now we are able to step out again, many of us are using platforms to share photos and updates from our meetings and celebrations.
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“Unfortunately, cybercriminals are also hiding on these sites. Hackers can gain access to accounts and then pose as someone you trust to trick you into giving out your personal information.
“In recent cases, mainly on Facebook, victims in South Yorkshire have been told that they have won the postcode lottery or a Facebook contest. Their “friend” asked for their contact details and encouraged them to click on a dangerous link.
“As part of the scam, the hackers are also able to take over the victim’s account and will continue to target their friends as well.”
If you’ve been a victim of cybercrime or fraud, you can report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040. Here are Dannielle’s top tips for staying safe:
1. Beware of unusual messages from friends asking for personal information or financial help. Even if the message appears to be from someone you know and trust, make sure it’s them by calling or speaking to them in person.
2. Keep your social media accounts safe · Have a strong password using three random words, such as phonechocolatetable · Have a different password for each account · Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) – a A measure that enhances security by requiring two methods of identity verification, such as a password and a code sent by text message to your phone. · Make sure all recovery contact details are up to date 3. Visit the National Cyber Security Center website for tips on recovering a hacked account https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/recovering-a-hacked-account
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This notice was published: 2021-09-04 14:02:33