Some fraud gangs are involved in hacking Facebook accounts and taking away money from friends and relatives of the users of the social network through blackmailing.
Many people have become victims of such cheating and lost huge amount of money.
Sources said such financial fraud often takes place using Facebook but most of the victims do not lodge complaint to police to avoid trouble.
The Facebook ID of Nigar Sultana was hacked a few months ago. After hacking, hackers sent a text message to Nigar Sultana’s friends, saying that, “I [Nigar Sultana] am in trouble and please send me Tk 14,000.”
Asked about the way of sending money, the hackers gave her friends a bkash number. After getting the text message, many friends sent money to the bkash number, considering that Nigar was facing trouble.
But later, they came to know that Nigar’s ID was hacked and hacker looted the money.
Talking to the daily sun, Nigar Sultana said, “Many friends of mine thought that I was in trouble. That’s why they sent money to the bkash number without any verification. But later, they came to know the real matter.”
“Finally, I got back the control of my account with the help of a friend,” she added.
A few months ago, the Facebook ID of a female private university student was hacked. After taking control of the Facebook ID, the hacker urged her friends to send money to a bkash account, saying that she is in a big trouble.
Later, the victim lodged a complaint to Gulshan Police Station. After the complaint, she got back her Facebook ID.
In August, Facebook ID of Mehazabien Chowdhury, Lux Channel i Superstar, was hacked. She complained to police and the hacker was held.
In January, hackers took control of the Facebook ID of police constable Asaduzzaman. After hacking, the fraud gang took away Tk 50,000 from his relatives. Later, the police constable filed a general diary with Narayanganj Model Police Station.
In some cases, fraud gang members demanded money from the Facebook ID owner. If he/she gives them the money according to their demand, then they return the Facebook ID.
According to the cyber crime unit of Facebook, such allegations have come to the cyber crime unit every day.
When contacted, Md Nazmul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Cyber Crime unit of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), said, “Many Facebook users nowadays have become victims of hacking. Of the victims, around 30 percent complain.”
“We investigate each and every complaint with sincerity and arrest those involved,” he added.
He said, “A few weeks ago, we caught one from Gulshan area as the person was involved in Facebook hacking and swindling money through blackmailing.”
“Hacking Facebook is not easy, as the security of Facebook is very strong nowadays. Hackers only can hack it due to lack of common sense of the users,” he added.
On September 20, Samsul Arefin Boni, director of a medicine company, failed to log into his Facebook account. In the morning, many of his friends called him and asked why he needs money. Besides, many others said they sent money to the number he has given in Facebook.
Later, he came to know that hackers took control of his Facebook account at night and urged his friends to send money. Many of his friends sent money to the number.
After the incident, Boni lodged a complaint to police on September 23.
Later, the cyber crime unit of DMP conducted a drive in Baridhara area and caught the hacker on September 28. Police seized five SIM cards, which were bkash registered.
The hacker was identified as Monsur Ibn Kamal, who was studying computer science in a Malaysian university. Using his technological knowledge negatively, he has taken away several lakh taka from people.
Police suspect that Monsur might have been involved with local or foreign fraud gangs. Cyber Crime unit of CTTC is investigating the matter.
Talking to the daily sun, Shafiul Alam Chowdhury, a technology expert, said, “Hackers use specific link for hacking Facebook account. Hackers send the link to the targeted people though mail or Facebook inbox.”
“When the targeted man/woman clicks on the link, a fake Facebook page appears before the user where he/she gets a message that he/she logged out of his/her Facebook account. He/she needs to enter his Facebook username and password,” he added.
“If he/she puts his username and password to the page, then it goes to hackers’ hand. By using the username and password, hackers take control of the account and do fraudulent activities.”
“That’s why users should not open any unknown link for safety of the account,” he added.