Natasha Cann endured the Father's Day from hell on Sunday when hackers broke into her Facebook account and proceeded to scam her closest friends out of significant amounts of money.
The 34-year-old professional who works for BHP Billiton in South Australia - and used to work in IT for the military - thought her account was locked down but the painful reality hit her on Sunday night when a friend phoned her from Singapore.
The friend had just received a Facebook message, purportedly from Cann, saying she had been seriously assaulted and robbed at gunpoint in London and urgently needed money to get home.
The message, which was sent to all of Cann's 400 friends, asked for an initial amount of $10,000, which had to be wired in cash as soon as possible to a Western Union account.
"They were alleging that I only had my passport on me and that I couldn't get to a bank or anything - that Western Union would be the only way," a distraught Cann said in a phone interview.
Cann immediately contacted Facebook asking it to disable her account but Facebook only got around to doing it about 12 hours later, by which time one of Cann's friends in Western Australia had already transferred $1000 to the scammers.....