A man has been arrested in Lebanon for stealing tens of social media accounts from unsuspecting victims who thought he would help them improve their accounts’ security.
According to a statement by the Internal Security Forces (ISF), 20-year-old Syrian national “A.J.” used a fake name to trick and exploit a person using her social media.
The ISF‘s Information Branch had recently received a report detailing this incident.
The report said that the suspect had blackmailed the victim and threatened to publicly post inappropriate photos of her.
The victim testified that the person who threatened her had hacked into her social media accounts and gained access to her personal information and pictures.
After investigating the incident, the Cybercrimes Bureau arrested A.J. in Zgharta, northern Lebanon, on Tuesday.
He confessed that he had conversed with the victim online using a fake name, deceiving her with the claim that he owned a mobile phone store and could safeguard her social media accounts from attacks before stealing her accounts.
He admitted that he had stolen around 60 different social media accounts.
The ISF has shared the suspect’s photograph based on judicial notice, and it asks people who have fallen victim to his actions and identify him to head to the Cybercrimes Bureau in the Colonel Joseph Daher Barracks – Camille Chamoun Boulevard.
Otherwise, victims can reach the Bureau on 01/293293 to proceed with the necessary legal measures.