If you are on Facebook, chances are you’ve been hacked and don’t know a third party is using your personal data. If any Page or friend has been hacked, so have you. See what’s happening to our FB account.
For eleven years, we operated a Page and Group on Facebook (FB) for our non-profit organization under our trade name, Seeker Project 4 Spiritual Exploration. We spent a lot of time and money building a following of over 41,000. It was all lost on February 17, 2022, when hackers took over the Page, our Group, Meta accounts, and my personal FB page. Facebook has become toxic.
How Facebook Hides the Truth
I awoke on February 17, 2022, to find that FB had sent me a code to log into my account. The code came at 2:30 a.m., so I didn’t see it until 6 a.m. When I tried to log in, the code had already expired. I tried requesting another code, but it said I needed to wait 24 hours to get a new one.
I looked at my email. Meta sent me an email stating two people joined our business account. Shortly after that, they must have accessed my personal account and posted something that triggered Facebook, which unpublished my personal account. This action cut me from our Non-Profit Page, Group, and Meta account. After that, I began receiving emails from Meta about all the new businesses we set up in our non-profit account.
The most interesting email came at about 9 a.m. from a Gmail address, not Facebook. The headline said, Critical Error on your Account Log In Immediately. It had the page link to my login page.
So, the hackers had the link to my login page, and all they had to do was click on the link every few hours. That would keep Facebook from sending me a new link to my phone, so I could log in. So, Facebook is a hacker’s paradise, and they know how to circumvent FB security. Since I could not log in, FB deactivated my account in March 2022.
Who To Contact When Hacked
When their one online portal is blocked, there’s no way to contact them by phone. Facebook hides the truth; they don’t want to be contacted by their members. There are only three email addresses for them. I emailed them daily with the details of my accounts and that they had been hacked. Then, after a few days, they rejected my emails.
That same morning in February, I contacted the bank and credit card companies to report the fraud attack. Subsequently, I changed all accounts associated with FB. My credit card company told me that Facebook has what they term a reoccurring charge. So, even though I changed the account, all charges from the old card would get forwarded anyway, and I would need to dispute each charge.
The credit card company had already received pending charges in less than an hour. I disputed the charges, and they said they would return and flag them as fraud. I assumed Facebook would see this and stop everything. Wrong. The next day, Facebook gave the hackers a line of advertising credit for several thousand dollars a week.
I filed claims with FTC and the FBI cyber crimes unit. The FBI said our scenario was a spear-phishing attack. We became a target since we had a sizeable following of over 41,000 members. They wanted access to our users. The hackers could access the internet shopping activity of our users in real-time.
In April 2022, I created a new personal user account just to communicate. When I contacted FB to tell them what happened, the only response I got was the Meta account was suspended for suspected fraud. I tried each of the various departments for pages etc. Nothing except that the Page was still active.
I started getting emails from Facebook about how well my new businesses are doing. However, I thought cryptocurrencies and gambling weren’t permitted; somehow, the hackers could do it. Hey, we’re even selling health products now. Then the emails started coming in about how these companies were ripping people off. We had become the complaint department for the hackers. They were using our corporate and trade names to defraud people.
Facebook Has Become Toxic
If you had a company designed around connecting people face to face, you’d think they would be truthful and honest about their intentions. Nope. They exist to exploit and sell your personal information and your buying habits.
I knew they were getting something for providing the free networking service but did not know to what extent their application spied on me. Even if the mobile application isn’t open, it tracks your activity sold to whoever wants it.
Ever wonder why you searched for something on Google and then looked at your Facebook app only to find advertisements related to your search on Google? Facebook is tracking your activity and selling it to the highest bidder. If your friend on Facebook was hacked, so were you.
Read their user agreement; I dare you. Even corporate contract attorneys are astonished by the terms of this agreement. It gives them the rights to everything about you, all the data associated with you, your name, and, if you have a business, your business name too. Additionally, you give up the right to hold Facebook accountable for any misuse of the data they get from you or about the data otherwise acquired from the application on your devices.
It’s Why Facebook is a Hacker’s Paradise
In speaking with legal and law enforcement authorities, I discovered that Facebook’s user agreement is ironclad. You lose all rights to your data and name even if you have a registered corporation and trade name. So, they can do with it as they or the hackers see fit to do with it. They say Facebook has become toxic, infiltrated by con artists and hackers.
Suppose you want to sue Facebook for allowing hackers to use your company assets, trade, and business name to market their products. Facebook uses the activities of hackers to its advantage.
Facebook is a hacker’s paradise. Evidently, you can purchase software scripts on the dark web for less than $100 that allow hackers to mimic your browser activity and log in to Facebook or Meta accounts. FB could correct the holes in its systems to safeguard its customers’ information.
Two-factor authentication is standard now for most companies. Emails to confirm approval of authority to access sensitive financial accounts. No other modern company would allow such holes in their systems. Facebook doesn’t seem interested in employing these security measures.
They have companies for their various add-on programs, functions, and games supplied by vendors, which creates more holes in their system. These applications and functions are candy used to entice people to sign up, unaware they are the commodity.
Facebook can use the activity of hackers to inflate its advertising reach. They can then raise the cost of their advertising. They know the hackers will not pay, but it doesn’t matter; it’s a bad debt write-off, which they used to increase the profits from legitimate advertisers. So, they will not fix the holes in their systems. They like hackers.
Within 24 hours of the hackers taking control, they got a line of credit approved for $5,000.00 worth of advertising per month. FB finally shut down the activities of the hackers in June 2022, five months after the initial breach.
I contacted legal help, and they told me we’d likely never hear directly from Facebook. Instead, they will sell the unpaid advertising to a collection company for 10 or 15 cents on the dollar. The collection company will most likely file charges in California. So, I can go to court to fight it, but it will cost me several thousand dollars to retain an attorney.
What is disturbing is these cases are hard to fight because they will have my electronic signature approval on the line of credit. So, it will appear as if I opened these new ventures, authorized the advertising, and then tried to use the hacker ploy to avoid paying for this absurd advertising. The collection company will likely ask to settle for a few thousand dollars to avoid the cost of going to court and the potential of losing the case, anyway. Whether I keep an attorney to fight it or pay the collection company, it will cost.
It is any wonder why even law enforcement says Facebook has become toxic. They profit nicely from the hacker’s activities because it increases the use of their advertising reach so that they can charge more for advertising. They get cash from the collection company when they finally cut off the credit account. Now FB has a nice write-off of bad debt to protect their earnings. The hackers win. They get free advertising and collect the data to sell as well.
The only people who lose are the consumer, our followers, and the non-profit. Facebook is a hacker’s paradise. Law enforcement told us to brace for other repercussions, such as complaints to the Better Business Bureau. Google could ban our company for promoting spam.
An Apology to Our Past Facebook Followers
Like many people, we used Facebook as our primary social outreach for our non-profit. We apologize to our members who are being mined by the hackers who took over our Facebook Page and Group.
Just so you understand, if you are a follower and have the Facebook app on your mobile device, your surfing habits are being tracked, whether the app is open. Facebook and other third parties are tracking your surfing and buying habits.
Remember, your FB, whose account was hacked last year, was connected to you. So, your personal information has been used by hackers for the last year.
Law enforcement told me hackers only have access to the data that Facebook collects. They told me that they fear that more sophisticated hackers may push scripts to computers and mobile devices via Facebook’s app and gain access to other sensitive data. Facebook is a hacker’s paradise; it’s why Facebook has become toxic.
We apologize to all of our fans on Facebook who probably wonder why they are getting all these crazy ads and texts about weight loss, cryptocurrencies, and gambling sites. We’ll update this article if or when we get contacted by Facebook.