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PostSubject: I have been initiated !   Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:40 pm

I'm finally a member of the "My Facebook account was hacked" club.

Actually, more like my FB was duplicated... This morning I woke up to all kinds of craziness on my FB.  People asking me why I made a new account, people telling me they accepted my friend request, etc etc.

Come to find out, an account under "Jim Willis" AND "Jim Wilis" (one "L") was created by some jerkwad out there for whatever reason, I don't know.  My daughter saved the day by coming over and helping me report this and get it removed (Andre reported it too - THANKS man !!). 
1. The false accounts were invisible to me on my computer. My daughter pulled up her account and showed it to me.
2. They were only able to replicate my avatar and my splash screen picture, since my account is private and only accessible to Friends... and apparently they could see my friend list as well, since they sent requests to everyone.  I hope that the person wasn't able to get private info from the 13 people who accepted that friend request. Perhaps a change of passwords would be a good idea for everyone who befriended this scammer.

Anyone else have this problem before ?  Know anyone who's had this ?
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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:30 pm

I've heard of this happening to lots of folks.
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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:43 pm

I wonder though, what can an evil hacker get by doing this ?  I assume they could get people's full names, DOBs, locations, and other such stuff to do Identity Theft.  Idk.
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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:51 pm

Guilty/Forgiven wrote:
I wonder though, what can an evil hacker get by doing this ?  I assume they could get people's full names, DOBs, locations, and other such stuff to do Identity Theft.  Idk.

I had heard that is one of the main reasons to do it, or to spam people with sunglasses etc.

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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:24 pm

That's interesting. It's great that everything is sorted out now. It's really terrible that someone would want to do this.
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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:17 am

Interesting. Add another reason for me not to be on FB!
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PostSubject: Re: I have been initiated !   Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:02 pm

Jim, also be sure to run your antivirus software, too.  They don't always have to hack our accounts.  Sometimes, just clicking on things adds pieces of software that allow the hackers access.  Now that you've changed your passwords, run your antivirus programs, malware removal tools, and clean your registry, too.  All of that together should keep you free from this happening.

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