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2019 MID-TERM ELECTIONS: MODEL OR MOCKERY OF DEMOCRACY?

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Copyright © 2019 By JOSEPH G LARIOSA

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — Taking advantage of a long Easter weekend which is also a bank holiday, a hacker contrived a plan to obtain a PHP 20,000 (US$377) loan from a niece of my wife in Metro Manila on Easter Sunday.

This was the third time that my Facebook account was hacked. 

The m.o. (modus operandi) of the hacker pretending as this reporter to my niece goes this way:

Hacker: “(I’m going to make) payment sa (to my) broker ko. But can’t do anything here (in the

U.S.) right now. Everything is closed na kasi dito. (here)

Ok lng ba na ikaw muna ang magbabayad sa broker ko. (Is it fine with you if you can

in the meantime pay my broker?). Then i will pay u back tomorrow agad (at once)

with interest (without mentioning the rate).

My niece: Saan po babayaran tsaka magkano po? (Where is it going to be paid and how

much?)

Hacker: U can send my payment thru western union or Cebuana.

I need only 20k

My niece: Ano pong account details?

Hacker: Don’t worry ill pay u back bukas (tomorrow) ng umaga (morning) with interest.

Bigay ko sayo details ng broker ko (I’ll give you details of my broker)

XXXXXXX Santos

XX Bagong Tubig St., Tagaytay City

Manila Philippines

The vulnerability of a Facebook account reared its ugly head again.

A hacker of my Facebook account has harvested the contact information from the wall of my Facebook account this Easter Sunday and reached out to my relative in Cavite City, asking for a loan of PHP 20,000 (US$377.00).

The hacker obtained the phone numbers and email addresses on the FB account of my FB friends associated with my FB friends' accounts.

I told my relative to ask for the contact information of the hacker, who turned out to be residing in Tagaytay City in the Philippines.

Please see the redacted private messages attached that I asked my relative to forward to the nearest police station, which can deal with the hacker.

So, if anybody from my FB friends will get private messages purportedly from me asking for a phone number, email address, loan, etc., it’s not from me. But you may talk to the hacker on video camera so you can identify the hacker and provide the information to the nearest police in your area.

The next course of action for those contacted by the hacker is to replace the phone number and the email address associated with their FB accounts so the hacker cannot use your FB account anymore. 

You may also change the password of your FB account and your email account with a two-factor authentication so the hacker will not be able to access your account anymore.

Although some of my FB friends told me that they were able to give away their phone numbers and email addresses, the first thing that you do is to post in your Timelines that if someone contacts them, it's not you but the hacker. They should warn their FB friends not to provide any personal information to the hacker. 

I hope nobody else was able to give away any more of their personal information and most of all anything of value, so nothing will be spoiling their Easter Sunday celebration.

If you happen to have PM (private message) exchanges with the hacker, please don't hesitate to forward them to the police and to myself if you want me to post them online.

Happy Easter to everybody! (Contact reporter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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