Saturday, April 2, 2011

Student Extorted On Facebook

Medical student Dorothy (not her real name) had clicked on a Facebook user's link to vote in a competition.

It was a simple procedure, but little did she realise that she had inadvertently allowed her account to be hacked.

Dorothy, 20, said she thought nothing of it since the Facebook link was sent by a friend.

But when she clicked on it on March 24, she received a message, allegedly from the hacker, saying that he would hack into her Facebook account unless she paid him RM200.

“I was shocked when the person, who goes by the name Rao, said that he was not a friend but a hacker,” she said.

Dorothy said the hacker had given her a mobile phone number and also a bank account number.

Rao had also changed all her e-mail account passwords when she refused to give in.

He also threatened that he would create and post fake nude pictures of her on her Facebook account.

“I deleted all my pictures in my Facebook and even changed my name and thought it would be the end of it, but he still managed to upload my picture onto my Facebook account and revert it to my real name,” she said.

Dorothy also managed to trace a photograph of the suspect based on the suspect's mobile phone number.

She lodged a police report in Pengkalan Chepa in Kelantan on March 26, but was told to wait until the next day for a statement to be taken.

MCA Public Services and Com-plaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong, who highlighted the case yesterday, said that the department had received nine similar complaints last year and four cases were reported to him this year, including Dorothy's case.

He said of the nine cases last year, four of the victims received threats to put their nude pictures online.

“In Dorothy's case, she did not pose for any nude pictures,” he said.

Chong advised youths to be careful in using Facebook.

“You should inform your parents and not be afraid to make a report to the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

“Don't handle this alone,” he added - The Star