FACEBOOK users are being warned about conmen who are hacking accounts in a bid to set up fake loans.
A number of scams have been reported to police where crooks have got into people’s accounts on social networking sites and had conversations with people on their friends lists about easy ways to make money.
Subjects have included “make some easy money”, “make between £300-£700 per week in the mobile phone industry” and “work for a friends cleaning agency”.
Victims have been asked for their full details, including addresses, bank accounts and dates of birth, which they have done so, believing that they are talking to a friend.
Loans are then being set up in their names, particularly phone contracts, but they never see the money.
Sergeant Louise Sproson, of Hartlepool Police, said: “We would particularly like to warn people not to give out their personal details and bank account details via the internet or social networking sites.
“People are asked to remember that if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”
Anyone with information about the scams are asked to ring Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.