Doctors are the new target of virtual fraudsters

They first target the social media accounts of physicians, then take over them with direct messages. They defraud followers with the photos and messages they share from their accounts. The new method of cyber fraudsters is the social media accounts of doctors whose followers are increasing day by day with the pandemic and who have a high level of reliability in the society. Cyber ​​security experts and physicians whose accounts were stolen warn, “A doctor does not share such messages.”


Social media accounts of doctors, which became popular during the pandemic period, became the target of fraudsters. Followers in the hacked accounts lose their money by believing the messages or messages that they think are shared by the physician and that they will earn a large amount of money in a short time. First, a message is sent to the messages section of the social media account saying “Your account has been stolen”. When the account owner opens this message and starts to write his information in the parts of the message for fear of being stolen, his account is automatically stolen. Experts, on the other hand, state that the “your account has been stolen” message is that social media applications send a warning via e-mail, not by message.


After the scammers take over their social media accounts, they begin to share messages with the logic of “put 1, 5 wins. Even receipts issued in the name of the doctor who owns the account that has been seized from some accounts are shared. Social media followers of doctors whose followers increase every day during the pandemic period and who have high reliability in the society.” get scammed by this method.


One of the doctors whose social media account was stolen is Assoc. Dr. Hanif Sahin.

Şahin said, “About 2-3 months ago, my Instagram account was taken over by fraudsters. In particular, notifications imitating Instagram are coming, such as ‘you have the following problem in your account’. When you click on that link or reply to that message, your account is hacked. From my account. At that time, notifications such as ‘Invest 1, we will give you 100’ were shared. That trust and respect for doctors, people’s belief makes some of our well-intentioned followers become victims of the good intentions of our citizens. In this sense, there should be a warning, doctors will not make such posts, like a chain of titans. Citizens should be informed that they cannot get into jobs. Because in our age, especially in this period, such attacks can happen. A victim has been victimized, a patient of mine was saving money for 3 months to get HPV vaccine, unfortunately, fraudsters took his money. Another patient is defrauded again. Of course, everything produces its opposite. There are people who have taken over this account, such as those who direct their talents to useful works. With the help of social media experts, I managed to get my account back. But unfortunately some of our friends can’t get it back,” he said.


Digital Communications and Cyber ​​Security Specialist Dr. Nabar Garakhanova said, “Our doctors do not pay attention to certain factors when they open their own accounts, as they do not have much interest in social media and digital media. They always write ‘complains about you’ or ‘your account has been hacked, hijacked, please click this’. They think they have something serious on Instagram, and as soon as they click, they are asked for their passwords, they enter their passwords and unfortunately their accounts are hacked. There is no opportunity to get their account back later. Fraudsters make suggestions and recommendations on their behalf. A receipt is made in the name of the doctor, and they show that receipt as well. Their followers do the same thing without thinking, because trust is the most important issue in digital, because it creates trust in that doctor. First of all, our doctors should not take into account the messages coming from any medium, because social media accounts do not send such studies through the direct message box. to They send it via mail. Secondly; they should always use their passwords with dual authentication method. When entered from another account, verification can be done when it comes to you by phone or e-mail. Another factor is that everyone should fill in their information completely when they open a social media account. When you complain about this situation, they can return your information to the media within 1-2 days after measuring it. But they can’t do this if your information is incomplete. On the other hand, we recommend that the followers foresee that doctors will not do such studies and act skeptical. We definitely recommend that they contact their doctors to confirm the accuracy,” he said.

Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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