Woman's Facebook, Messenger hacked, friends lose money via MOLPoints

INTAN BAHA


IPOH: A woman’s Facebook account was hacked and abused by an unidentified person who used her account to request for money via MOL Points.

Fifty-year-old Woo Yee Ching from Chemor said she had only realised that her Facebook account has been hacked when a friend informed her of a strange request received via Facebook.

“I was having dinner with a few friends at a hotel here on March 10 when one of my friends asked me why I sent a message through the Facebook Messenger to ask him for my own mobile phone number. I was sitting across him at the same table.

“He said he has received the same request a few times prior to our dinner. To prove that I did not sent him the messages, I decided to go into Facebook and Messenger only to find that I have been locked out of both,” she said at a press conference here organised by the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation Ipoh Chapter here yesterday.

Woo said the hacker has managed to change her password and email based on her mobile phone number.

She recalled on March 9, one of her friends in Facebook sending her a message via the Messenger application, asking for her phone number. She did not think twice and gave the number to her friend.

Since then, Woo has lodged a police report on March 11 and sent a message to all her contacts in WhatsApp to notify them of the incident. She had told them to not respond to any messages from her, adding that her FB account and Messenger were hacked.

Then, some of her friends called and informed her that they have purchased MOLPoints as per her requests made through the Messenger app, which was written in Mandarin.

“Six of my friends had fallen prey and it has caused them to lose more than RM1,000,” she added.

MOLPoints is payment system that enables consumers nationwide to purchase online games, products and services.

When contacted, the Sungai Senam police spokesperson said they have received the report and that the case has been forwarded to Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) for further action.