Chris Loizos was locked out of his account after a hacker got in. Because the hacker changed the email address tied to his profile, Loizos has no way to reset the password and get back in. And try as he might, he cannot connect with an actual human being at Facebook to help him get back in.
All of those things are likely somewhere to be found on your Facebook account. If that information falls into the wrong hands a hacker would have virtually everything they need to steal your identity.
Consider what kind of information the hacker might have seen. Hackers look for information that can help them find usernames and passwords to important sites, like online banking or retirement accounts. Consider changing the usernames and passwords for accounts that may be at risk.
In your email account, review the Sent, Trash, or Deleted folders. You might be able to uncover clues about what the hacker did. Search for emails that the hacker sent from your account, or that the hacker may have viewed and then deleted.
If you the hacker misused your sensitive information, like your Social Security number, to access or open new accounts, to apply for government benefits, to file federal taxes, or any other misuse, report it. At IdentityTheft.gov, you can create an individualized recovery plan to help you recover from identity theft.
Author's note 5/25/2021: A number of comments have come in indicating that their accounts were compromised even though they didn't not attempt to log in. I've researched this issue quite a bit and, despite nearly two years having passed since I first wrote this story, I still haven't seen any credible evidence that malware or other hacks are being exploited to steal user credentials through this scam. Everything I've read from security research sources indicates that this is a pure phishing scam. And given how much press this has received, I'm sure it is also something that Facebook has researched and would have patched if it were a security hole on their end.
If your account has been taken over by hackers, follow the link at the end of our article above for steps you need to take to recover your account. Depending on how crafty the hackers are, they can make it pretty difficult for you.
A lot of bad things can be done whenever a hacker gets his hands on your Facebook account. They can post anything they like with you being all helpless to do anything about it. Imagine yourself chilling at home, as your friends start calling nonstop to warn you the inappropriate posts are on your timeline. To avoid all of that, you should take certain precautions while using Facebook, and here are a few.
Indeed, it is possible to hack an Instagram account without password. The most common problem is forgetting the password. Forgetting happens to everyone, how many times have you registered online without having physically noted down the password? Most users choose one general password for multiple accounts. However, this is the best way to get hacked. The hacker just gets it on one site and then tests it on every site he knows.
Here's another tactic they use: My friend whose profile was cloned soon received some "helpful" comments in her post, telling her and others to contact someone who can recover their account. The person who can "restore your Facebook account", they say can be reached on Instagram or WhatsApp. My friend didn't know the people leaving the comments, so they are likely behind the cloned account. I did some digging.
One of the people who left a comment was named Gold Clinton. When I clicked on her profile I found she has no Facebook friends and only a couple of posts which were pictures of food. I searched for her profile photo using www.tineye.com and found her profile photo is actually a photograph of Tricia Cusden, an author of a book about beauty secrets. The cyber-bad guys copied and pasted Ms. Cusden's online photo to create a fake account to advertise another scam.
Well its a good advice for protecting the account you have but in face what if you cannot search your phone number, cannot figure what email they change. Its hard for me to retrieve my facebook account if i dont have a clue what will i do.
Hi,i am a regular user of facebook and suudenly my account was locked and i am trying to confirm my identity to unlocked it but i cant find any option to confirm my identityKindly check my request and respond to my concern as soon as possibleThankyou.
They are all scammers, they will make you pay after which they will give you an excuse asking you to pay more money, they have ripped me of $2000, i promised i was going to expose them. I figured it all out when my colleague took me to Pavel (firstname.lastname@example.org) He did perfect job, he hacks all accounts ranging from (Emails, Facebook, whatsapp, imo, skype, instagram, Phone cloning, DMV removal, tracking locations, background checks Kik etc. he also hacks cell phones, cell phone tapping and cloning, clears bad driving and criminal records, bank transfers, locates missing individuals e.t.c. You should contact him and please stop using contacts you see on websites to execute jobs for you, you can ask around to find a real hacker.
I followed your steps on how to get into my facebook account. Someone has changed my recovery email and the phone number I have no longer works. But after I hit recover account. It just takes me to questions where. I have to enter the info. That has been changed. So if someone could help please
Early into this mess I did a lot of research and found some emails that I confirmed DO go to Facebook ([email protected]). I was so upset that my account had been used for the worst kind of filth and that a hacker got past my two factor authentication, that I wrote to that email and threatened a lawsuit. (Not my usual style) This affects my reputation both personally and in business, not to mention that my followers were subjected to THAT. Still in the process of locating an attorney. The notice on my Facebook page switched back to my account being in review within 30 minutes of sending my threat to sue. I also requested a read receipt when I sent the original email and I got one back. So someone is reading the emails. You can check Whois for Facebook to confirm the email.
The only comforting thing about reading this blog and all the comments is knowing I am not alone. The fact that we have had our accounts disabled due to violating community standards is awfully ironic, considering the hackers have violated all of us. My heart goes out to all of you who this has happened to. The silver lining may be that at least I am no longer supporting such a terrible company who aligns themselves with our overreaching government.
Count me in for a class action law suit. My personal page was hacked and according to facebook, pictures of child exploitation were posted. I lost access to my 12 year business page Harmony Club Dolls with 144,000 followers. The hacker then proceeded to attempt to steal a total of $30,000 from my various bank accounts that using my credit cards and Paypal listed in facebook. While my banks rejected most of the charges immediately, $7,000 was stolen from me. I filed an FBI report and disputed the charges. Luckily all the money was returned from Facebook. I send a letter and various emails to facebook for disabled accounts. I got no reply whatsoever. They destroyed my business of 12 years and I lost all the memories of my kids that I had been saving in my personal account.
Same has happened to me. ?The hackers posted peodophillia. Facebook disabled my account without even caring who I was and my businesses that I run from fb. 14 years of FB memories.Imagine if FB had someone we could communicate with. But no! Just gone!!! I dont know if its worth going back on now. ? I dont think I want to be apart of a platform like that. Good luck to you all. xo
Hello, I would love to know how you got the instagram account back. Same thing happened to me and I do not know how to get my instagram as it was linked to my facebook. Any help is appreciated. Thanks so mcuh.
My account was hacked. The hacker uploaded obscene photos triggering Facebook to give a 30 day notice that the account will be deleted. I logged on and face book required that I identify myself. So I did with the SMS option. Although I recieved these code the facebook interface would not accept them. Eventually I got a message saying that I had exceeded the number of SMS code and that I need to try again 24 hours later, so I waited 25 hours and tried again only to get the same error. It is irresponsible of facebook to be an identity provider to 2 billion users and not have a call center to handle these kinds of problems. I came across a web site called appropriately gethuman.com that helps users like us talk to companies like facebook. Tomorrow I try again, honestly facebook sucks
The same thing happend to my account, getting hacked and DISABLED because someone posted pictures of the Taliban on my facebook page. My instagram also got DISABLED because it was linked to my facebook account. Now i lost all my memories and friends contacts. Facebook needs to fix this.
It never hurts to take extra security measures and regain access. Has hacker changed sessions option or account password and what other information contained in your account was accessed. Check mobile app, do you logged out of account?
The most common type of listing we found, hackers offer to hijack or spy on social media accounts on various platforms. WhatsApp was specifically mentioned the most. We also found listings for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Telegram, TikTok, Snapchat, and reddit.
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