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If someone hacks your Facebook account, will they also have access to your email accounts?

Asked by raum (9718points) 1 week ago
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Someone is PMing through messenger. But it doesn’t seem like them. And they are asking to call me.

I emailed them to let them know their FB was probably hacked. And they responded that it was really them.

I called them through messenger and they didn’t answer.

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jca2's avatar

If they put their email address in their profile, then the hacker would have access to it.

If I were you, if your real friend has your number, then they should call you. Why would they ask you to call them? He or she should have your number.

If you are leery, just wait and do nothing. If they really have an issue, they can discuss it through pm.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Call them through phone number. It’s a much better way to verify anything.

The hacker may know the email, but they most likely don’t have access to it, because emails are used by a different website from FB. And your friend may not know that they have been hacked because they may still be able to use the account alongside with the hacker.

raum's avatar

@jca2 We are Facebook friends. But not friend friends. I’ve done advocacy work with her. We usually use email or messenger.

She usually is very thoughtful about crafting her responses. (Politics.) But these PMs are hurried with typos and casual wording (like “K” instead of “okay”.)

@Mimishu1995 I’m wary about giving them my phone number. So I called through messenger and they didn’t pick up.

jca2's avatar

@raum: Honestly, I’d sit back and do nothing. If this real life friend really wants to get in touch with you, she will find a way.

Sometimes I get pm’d from FB friends who use phrases like “hi” or “what’s up” and I know it can’t be real, because I know that certain people don’t talk or write like that. Most people will write something like “Hi _______, how are you doing? I have a question for you” or “I miss you at work. Are you coming to the meeting?” or something more personable and/or detailed.

Mimishu1995's avatar

@raum We are Facebook friends. But not friend friends.

I see. Everyone I’m friend with on FB is people I already know in real life. So yeah, I agree with @jca2

Nomore_lockout's avatar

What’s up Mimi? Just kidding

raum's avatar

@jca2 Yeah, I think I’m just going to sit on it. It seems highly unlikely that it’s her.

@Mimishu1995 We know each other in real life. But it’s through advocacy work. Which is more email and zoom. And not so much personal phone numbers.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Nomore is that you? Or did someone hack your account? ~

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Don’t jinx me please @Mimishu1995 : )

raum's avatar

@Mimishu1995 You should ask them a question that only @Nomore_lockout would know.

[side eye]

Brian1946's avatar

Hey peepull, this threat is in General, and we all know what a hard ass the OP is about strictly adhering to the topic! :P

raum's avatar

Oh whoops. :D

raum's avatar

If I pop her email into the Facebook search and it pulls up her profile, does that mean she used that email for her Facebook account?

Zaku's avatar

Not generally, but if the reason they have access to their Facebook account is because of something like:

1. They have the person’s laptop or computer, or remote access to it.
2. They have the person’s passwords to both Facebook and their email (including, the password is the same on both accounts, and they tried it and got in to both).

Then they might just have access to both.

raum's avatar

@Zaku Good point.

janbb's avatar

I would do nothing at this point. It doesn’t sound like them. If they’ve been hacked, they will find out and probably post. I’m pretty careful about not responding in Messenger if it doesn’t feel right.

(Oh – was that really you, @raum ?)

DanaEdwards's avatar

I had that happen over a decade ago and reported it to intelligence and police and they could not find the guy I reported who I thought did it. I have an ex in the fed gov and was working in psych with the formerly incarcerated listed as psychotic when I was hacked into. I reopened the account years later and found the gov allows it to still work but it looks like some accounts were stolen and some are made up and some are still real. I write on it often since I reported it and thought it less usual as a simple daily updater since it never was resolved. I even had a bank hack a few years later which they did not resolve but I reported.

snowberry's avatar

@DanaEdwards
When our credit card was hacked, we reported it and did everything that we could to try to hold the people responsible. The police did take the report, but other than that they indicated they absolutely were not interested in pursuing it.

I know that there is a type of insurance agency that will ensure you against identity theft, stolen credit card information, and so forth. Maybe they would even help with a hacked Facebook account (I’m sure a lot of that depends on the integrity of the individual agency), but other than that, my take away is that if my identity is stolen, i’m generally on my own.

DanaEdwards's avatar

I was once in prison for a day or two in my teens. I was arrested for the college campus drug dealer who sounded like he was arresting women to be in the sex trade but I was found not guilty and they never arrested him before 911. The guy in the next cell was in on credit card fraud, so they do arrest them but it might be if the government is reactive. I learned they don’t arrest drug dealers, just young women the drug dealer asks to arrest to be a hooker. Thank God, I tested negative. A few years later while I was living in DC, the DOJ asked me to be in a movie about criminals with ai and I was cast as a hooker. For a while my ex even worked in economics for the government after 911.

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