Websites and email hijacked

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DEAF people are being urged to be wary of unsolicited messages on Facebook after a woman lost £850.

The victim received a message apparently from a friend and endorsed by the National Institute for the Deaf and the World Federation for the Deaf.

It asked her to send money to a Western Union account on the promise of receiving a larger sum.

She then found she could not access her Facebook account, meaning fraudsters could have used it to commit the same trick on others.

Last week Action Desk reported how Google users were being tricked into calling premium rate numbers after clicking on bogus government helpline websites.

Watchdog PhonepayPlus said the sites, which can be near the top of searches, appear to offer information services from the Government or High Street retailers.

But the numbers provided cost up to £1.53 a minute.