Scammer hacks the facebook account and messages all his friends that he is in an emergency and needs money urgently. Scammer shares a private number. Scammer asks you to transfer the money to the Google Pay or PhonePay of the shared private number. Scammer fakes an emergency and a situation that your friend is in trouble and tries to scam friends of the hacked account.
Below, we will go through how this scam works and how you can save yourself from getting scammed by staying vigilant.
Your friend is in need of urgent money
You receive a message from your best friend that he is in need of urgent money.
Probably he needs money because:
- His is in hospital for some medical emergency
- He has met an accident and needs money to settle the dispute
- Or any other reason where he needs money very urgently
What will be your first instinct in such an instance? You’re willing to help your friend.
Yes, you will help your friend under any circumstances.
It is our basic instinct to run for help when our friends or family needs us.
But when your friend messages you demanding money, you feel that something is wrong. If it is this urgent, why will he message you on facebook instead of directly calling you?
You ask him to call you. But he insists that he is in an emergency and cannot talk and needs the money as soon as possible. He even repeatedly sends you a phone number where he asks you to pay.
But your friend is not in need of money and didn’t ask for help
You check the phone number sent by him. It is not his phone number.
You ask him why is he sending another number instead of his phone number? He just replies and asks you to send the money quickly.
You then check the phone number on Truecaller. Truecaller may or may not show your friend’s name as the owner of the number.
Then you finally decide to call your friend.
The dial his phone number.
Your friend picks up the call unaware of what is happening.
You ask him what emergency is he in. He clears that he is not in any emergency and does not need money.
You inform your friend that you received messages from his account. Your friend tries to log in to his Facebook account but is unable to.
You both now know that his account is hacked.
How was this scam detected?
Manik, who is also a member of a private Facebook group exposed this scam. Scammer tried to scam him the same way.
Manik explains: I can confirm that the Facebook account is of my best friend, even the person in the profile picture is of my best friend. But I was unable to contact my friend at that time. I’m doing a job in Kuwait. I was worried. I asked him a couple of questions and suspected something is wrong with his account.
Manik tried to chat with his friend in his local language but the person replying was unable to understand him. At that time he knew his friend’s account was hacked and alerted all his other friends about it.
When Manik posted the screenshots of his chat, there were other people who claimed to have experienced the same scam. They were asked to transfer money urgently. Fortunately, no one from the comment section said that the hacker was able to scam them successfully.
What should you do in case your friend asks you for urgent money on Facebook?
- Immediately contact your friend through the phone.
- If your friend does not accept the phone due to some reasons, contact someone who might be near him and can alert him.
- Alert all your friends about it and ask them not to pay anything to the scammer.
- Ask your friend to file a complaint in the nearest police station.
What measures should you take to protect your account from getting hacked?
- Use a strong password.
- Don’t use the same password at multiple places.
- Your passwords should not be easily guessed. (Like, name of your girlfriend/boyfriend, your pet, etc.)
- Don’t share your password with anyone.
- Don’t save your password if you are logging in from someone else’s device.
That’s it. Stay safe digitally 🙂