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News 4 Investigates: Cybercriminals targeting Facebook pages

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A growing hacking scam is allowing cybercriminals access to Facebook pages.

News 4 Investigative reporter Chris Nagus spoke with two victims who told how a scammer took control of their Facebook page and began sending messages to all of their friends.

After engaging the friends in messaging conversations, the scammer would then make various financial offers that would require initial investments of hundreds or thousands of dollars on the part of the real friend.

One of the hacking victims was a former KMOV general manager who is now at a station in Atlanta.

News 4 contacted Facebook and learned the social media company has a simple name for the criminal enterprise, “send money scams.” The name describes the scams perfectly.

Facebook told News 4 that in some cases cybercriminals will buy user’s login information and use it to log in and take over accounts. Once they get your email info they can change your Facebook password, then take over your account, or the account of someone you know.

For more on the scam, click here.

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