Hacked


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A few days ago, I got a link in Messenger with the message, “it’s you in the video” from a cousin. Cousin’s photo was the same as on his Facebook site, so I thought it might just be something Cousin found interesting. I replied that the link required a login or starting an account and didn’t want to do either.

A day or so later, I got the same from another relative. This time there was the, “it’s you in the video” and what appeared to be a personal message something like, “How are you doing?” So, a reply was sent to Relative. The reply back from Relative had several errors, so I assumed, rightfully so, that the link came from the source that sent the fake message with Cousin’s picture.

Today, an immediate family member called saying a link had been sent saying it was from me. A quick investigation showed it was the same link I initially received from Cousin and Relative.

I changed my password, logged off, removed the FB app from my other devices, and logged back on with my new password.

Within minutes others were notifying me about the link allegedly sent by me. They, of course, know my grammar habits and that I rarely send a link to anything unless we’ve discussed a topic.

Investigation showed that everyone I’ve messaged or to whom I’ve replied in Messenger received the same “it’s you in the video” and the link as if I’d actually sent it.

It took over an hour to notify those who I knew received the fake message.

I sent, “Do not, DO NOT, respond to any messenger link that says it’s from me. I’ve been hacked – If you did respond, change your password now. Log off and start over with your new password.”


As my octogenarianism continues, my mind wanders as I wonder.
Or could it be that my mind wonders as I wander?

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