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Help! My Facebook Account Has Been Hacked!

How to get back to normal after an account compromise.


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You've just got a text from one of your friends saying that he is wiring some money to your hotel in Paris and that he hopes you are OK. The only problem is that you're not in Paris, you're in Michigan eating Cheetos and watching Judge Judy. Before your orange cheese covered fingers can text him back, you start getting more texts from other concerned friends who also say they are wiring you money ASAP. What the heck is going on?

It looks like your Facebook account has just been backed and the hackers who did it are impersonating you and hitting your friends up for cash. Before things get further out of hand, follow the steps below to bring things back to normal.

If you believe your Facebook account has been hacked:

1. Go to the Facebook Account Compromise Reporting Page

2. Click the "My Account Is Compromised" button

3. On the "Identify Your Account" page, enter either your e-mail address, phone number, Facebook user name, or your name and and the name of one of your friends.

4. Follow the instructions provided to report your account as compromised.

5. Once your account has been reinstated and is back under your control, reset your Facebook password from the "Account Settings" page by clicking the "Change" link under the "My Account" Password section.

6. From the Facebook Privacy Settings page, click on "Apps and Websites". Under the "Apps You Use" section, click "Edit Settings" and then click on the "X" to delete any suspicious / malicious apps that may have been used to compromise your account.

7. Alert your friends that your account was hacked and warn them not to click on any links that the hackers who compromised your account may have posted on their walls, in chat sessions, or in facebook e-mails that the hackers sent to them.

Check out these additional resources for tips on how to stay safe on Facebook:

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