FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – A Fargo man and downtown business owner is warning the community tonight after he says his Facebook accounts were hacked, over $ 1,500 was withdrawn from his accounts, and he potentially has both has been banned from his personal as well as his business profile forever.
Inksterz Tattoo Studio opened just seven months ago but has a relatively fast growing fan base on social media. Owner Rob Thompson says about 90 percent of her customers found her through Facebook or Instagram, but hackers tried to throw a wrench into it.
Thompson says he was informed on Sunday that his password had been changed on his personal Facebook account before receiving another email.
“It was said that my Facebook account was disabled because it violated community standards,” he said.
Thompson says hackers changed his profile photo to an image of the ISIS flag, thereby indefinitely banning Thompson from both his site and the Inksterz business site.
“I’m just like, ‘What the hell is going on ?!'” Thompson said.
Thompson says that when he realized he was being hacked, he closed his Venmo account, which was linked to Inksterz’s Facebook page, as soon as possible, but it was already too late.
Thompson says hackers ran an ad for women’s slippers on his behalf, and Thompson says the ad received nearly 45,000 views. Facebook later charged him more than $ 1,500 for the ads.
“I’m not sure how they get the money off Facebook, or if they do it because they can, or if they found a back door,” he said.
After several attempts to re-access his accounts, Thompson reached out to our whistleblower hotline and within hours of our reporter contacting Facebook on Wednesday afternoon, his profiles were restored with some restrictions.
And while Thompson is excited to have his sides back, he says he doesn’t want this to happen to anyone else.
He warns other business owners to change passwords and make sure two-factor authentication is enabled.
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