Scam Alerts: Facebook Hacks and A “Lying Locksmith”by Tim Manni
According to WebProNews.com (WPN), Panda Labs — a security company — discovered a web service that will hack into Facebook accounts for a $100 fee. Panda Labs claims that the service will provide “clients” with the email and password information to the desired account:
“The service’s real purpose may be hacking Facebook accounts as they say, or profiting from those that want to try the service,” says PandaLabs Technical Director Luis Corrons. “In any case, the Web page is very well designed. It is easy to contract the service and become either the victim of an online fraud, or a cyber-criminal and accomplice in identity theft. Once an intruder hacks into a Facebook account, all personal data published on the site can be stolen.”
“Similarly, those accounts can also be used to send malware, spam or other threats to the victim’s contacts,” adds Corrons. “In the case of celebrities or other well-known entities, they can be used to defame the account holder, spread information in their name, etc. In any event, this is criminal activity.”
The domain that hosts the hacking website claims that only 1% of all Facebook accounts are “hack-proof.” WPN warns, and we agree, that despite the benefits that can come from sites like Facebook and MySpace, personal security continues to plague its users (see our other posts on social networking fraud).
Homeowners across the country are angry, scared, and confused when they find out that their home addresses are being used by businesses advertising in the yellow pages and on the internet:
Phyllis Bossin –now stuck with a locksmith address — worries disgruntled customers may show up on her doorstep. She says “its illegal, its identity theft, its misrepresentation, its fraud!”
According to consumer reporter John Matarese, the company which used Bossin’s residence as their own address is Emergency All Day Locksmith. Matarese says the locksmith, when researched, comes back as having several locations in different parts of the country in order to make their business appear local:
Police tell [Matarese] their investigation so far reveals that “Emergency All Day Locksmith” actually connects to a national call center in Clearwater, Florida, run by “Dependable Locksmith.”
Dependable gets an “F” from the Better Business Bureau …which two years ago accused it of running a nationwide “swindle” with misleading local phone numbers and high prices.
In Bossin’s case, she was able to contact the publisher of her local yellow pages and have her listing removed.
(hat tip: ConsumerWorld.org)