Hackers using Facebook holiday posts to loot money

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Sydney, Sep 21: Think twice before you post your holiday plans on Facebook. Australia's national consumer regulator has reported that online hackers are using Facebook holiday posts to hack users bank accounts.

Peter Kell, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) deputy chairman, told that hackers are using vacationers' travel information to send fraud requests for help.

"They say, 'Look, I've got an emergency here; I've lost my wallet', targeting friends. That's seen people lose hundreds of thousands of dollars," said Peter Kell.

He also told that the hackers are using different techniques like offering concert tickets, fraud SMS about winning lotteries or prizes and fraud classified websites selling cars, accommodation and pets.

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