By Sarah Keane • 06 February 2021 • 17:47
TURKISH cybercriminals hack account of Miss England contestant
In a very ugly turn of events, the Miss England beauty pageants Instagram account has been hacked by cybercriminals, and it seems now that the contestants themselves are being targeted by the same scammers. The official Instagram page, boasting more than 23,000 followers, was hijacked by the online gang at the end of January and remains in their control even though the matter has been reported to police. The demand for the release of the social media account? Cash, of course.
Not content with taking complete control of the Instagram account however, hackers have begun to target the contestants themselves, who rely on social media to promote themselves amongst fierce competition.
Organiser Angie Beasley said she was mortified that she had caught out by the dupe, which appeared to be a legitimate post from Miss England.
She said: “I felt like such a fool, it just all happened so quick – I could kick myself. As soon as I gave them the code the screenshot of my Instagram account came up with a picture of someone waving at me.
“The next thing I knew I couldn’t get into the account as they had taken it over but it didn’t dawn on me till about 10 minutes later on what had happened.
“Since then they have changed the account to five different names and it is now also a private account.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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