SOCIAL media users are being warned to stay alert after reports have emerged of hacking.

Victims from South Yorkshire have been tricked into giving away their details, or have clicked on a dangerous link by people posing as their friends.

Recently, victims have been informed that they have won money through the Postcode Lottery and were asked to provide their bank details to receive the money.

South Yorkshire Police's cyber protect officer Dannielle Lee said: "We all know that social media is a brilliant way to stay in touch with friends.

“It was particularly important to many of us during lockdown, and now we're able to get out again many of us are using platforms to share photos and updates of our reunion and celebrations.

"Unfortunately, cyber criminals are lurking on these sites too. Hackers can access accounts and then pose as someone you trust to trick you into giving away your personal details.

"As part of the scam, the hackers are also then able to take over the victim's account and will go on to target their friends too."

Danielle's tips to help prevent fraud are:

  • Keep social media accounts secure by having a strong password

  • Be wary of unusual messages from friends asking for personal details or financial help

  • Look on the National Cyber Security Centre website for guidance on recovering an hacked account

If you think you have been a victim of cyber crime or fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040.