Public warned: Be careful with your online accounts

Mary Ruth R. Malinao (The Freeman) - November 26, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cebu City Councilor David Tumulak has cautioned the public to be careful in using their online accounts.

Tumulak said that since last month, his office has received several complaints on online identity theft and extortion.

“Ang akong na-receive diri mga eight cases na. Atong gi-endorse ngadto sa cybercrime kalabot ining identity theft, which is gamiton nila ang mga social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter nga dunay mga fake accounts gamit ang mga profile picture, name sa tawo, kopyahon ang inyohang mga photo albums sa inyohang mga Facebook, and then mangayo ni sila’g mga kwarta sa inyong mga kaparentihan. Maayo kani sila maniid,” said Tumulak.

“Uban sad ini, hadlokon ang tinud-anay nga tag-iya sa account nga mangayo sila og kwarta, kun dili, ilang ipakatap ang conversation, allegedly conversation, sa original Facebook owner then sila rasa’y naghimo nga nagsulti didto og kining mga malaw-ay nga mga pulong nga dunay mga pictures nga dili makita ang nawong sa tag-iya, half body nga makita. Mao kuno to’y ipakatap,” he added.

Tumulak said because of fear, these Facebook owners asked his office for help and they eventually endorsed it to the anti-cybercrime unit.

“Sad to note, nga ang cybercrime maglisod sila sa pagsulbad gumikan kay kaning mga fake accounts, on and off. Ang ato lang makuha ang ilaha lang IP address, so they can use anywhere gamit ang lain-lain nga IP address,” he said.

The councilor said they also tapped private technical experts to catch the individuals behind the fake accounts.

Tumulak reminded the public not to divulge all their personal information online, especially pictures of family members as well as pictures inside and outside their residence, to avoid being victimized by these online hackers.

“Ato man sad ni natong gisumbong sa Facebook. Naay uban nga gipang-block na, pero maro kaayo sa tanan kay maglisod og block sad ang Facebook kay mawa man. Mura man sya’g ghost, in and out man siya,” said Tumulak.

He said these hackers also know the time when a person usually opens his or her Facebook.

During this time, they would also penetrate to sense messages which could be used to scare or intimidate the original Facebook owners.

“Magbantay bantay lang ang public kalabot ini kay kana usa sa dakong ilad nga mangayo’g kwarta, manghulga or magpakita sa mga malaw-ay ninyo na mga lawas na dili inyo. Unya isend raba na ngadto sa inyong mga kahigalaan,” said Tumulak.

“Ang ma-experience ani sa original Facebook owner is mauwaw siya kay magtuo man ang iyang mga friends nga siya to, so careful gyud. Unya kanunay mag-change sa inyohang password, sa inyohang profile picture, kung mahimo, magsige mo’g change sa inyohang profile pictures,” he added. — LPM (FREEMAN)

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