Police investigate string of social media hacks to steal money

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, a Facebook start page is shown on a smartphone. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Maldives Police Service has stated that they are probing into the matter of some individuals obtaining money through fraud in the names of other persons by hacking into their social media accounts.

The matter recently came to light on social media – where it was alleged that some individuals were hacking into social media accounts and using owners’ identities to obtain money from other people. As per the Police, a list of bank accounts has been flagged for being used by the suspects requesting money from other persons. They are:

  •          7730000304660
  •            7730000089422
  •            7730000042772
  •             7730000364429
  •             7730000203888
  •             7770000000544

In a statement released by the Police today, they have requested to report to their Economic Crime Department if money has been transferred to any of the above accounts through Facebook or any other social media applications. Accordingly, they have been instructed to place a call to 9790048 to file a report.

The Police also expressed their gratitude for the cooperation rendered by the public in their investigation into such crimes.