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Cyber police nail Facebook ‘fake job’ hackers

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PHOTO: Chiang Rai Times

Thailand’s Cyber Police have arrested two hackers who stole personal data from Facebook and conned victims out of money. The scammers posted ads for jobs to entice victims into applying and divulging data from their ID cards, their phone numbers and other personal information.

The scammers got close to 34 million baht.

Complaints from Facebook users over unauthorised access to accounts led cyber police to arrest Wuthiwat Chuenmano and Chawankorn Ra-ngapphai on fraud charges.

Victims’ information was used to open e-wallet accounts. The scammers then scammed the victims’ Facebook friends by asking for loans and selling them fake products.

Police advise people, who seek jobs online never to share personal data, and to choose internet passwords of a complex nature.

“Don’t use your telephone number, pet’s name or anything obvious that people may be able to work out.”

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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