Family of Hobart girl who died of cancer was destroyed after a Facebook troll had stolen her identity
& # 39; Hello, how is everyone? & # 39; Twisted hacker messages sent to the family of a young girl who died of brain cancer after hacking her Facebook – giving her sister false hope that she was alive
- Facebook troll steals identity of deceased woman and pretends to send messages
- Bella Reid was devastated when her younger sister Grace died tragically in 2014
- She was then confused after a request for friends claimed that she was from her deceased sister
The family of a Tasmanian woman who died of brain cancer panicked after a cruel Facebook troll stole her identity and pretended to send messages from the grave.
Bella Reid was destroyed in 2014 when her younger sister Grace, who lived in Hobart, died tragically at the age of 21 after a brave battle with brain cancer.
But when she received a friend request from someone who claimed to be Grace – along with her profile picture – Mrs. Reid was confused and worried last week.
Bella Reid (left) was left destroyed when her younger sister Grace (right) died tragically in 2014 at the age of 21 after a brave battle with brain cancer
Talk to nine.com.au On Thursday, Mrs. Reid said the shocking message was the kind of thing she had experienced in painful nightmares about seeing her sister again.
& # 39; Of course I would like her to come back and so you see these things and a small part of you think, oh my god, maybe she is still alive, & # 39; Reid said.
After the initial shock subsided, Mrs. Reid accepted the friend request – but instead of being redirected to a real Facebook account, it said the page could not be found.
Although the friend request was not for Mrs. Reid, one of Grace & # 39; s school friends managed to contact the fake account – but in a more disturbing way.
The school friend said she received direct messages from someone using the fake account and moving like Grace.
In a Facebook message that the friend captured in a screen, the cheater asked: & # 39; How are you? & # 39;
When Grace's girlfriend asked who was talking, the cheater said: & # 39; Grace. How is everyone doing? & # 39;
Mrs. Reid reported the messages to Facebook, but after she did, she said that her beloved sister's real account had been accidentally deleted.
The thought of permanently losing Grace's photos, thoughts, and messages was almost too much to bear for Mrs. Reid.
A school friend of Grace (right) claimed that she received direct messages from someone who pretended to be her
& # 39; I was just really scared to think about what that means it is no longer there, & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Reid said her sister's illness took a toll on her ability to speak towards the end of her fight, meaning she didn't get a chance to & # 39; those final conversations & # 39; to feed with her sister.
Fortunately for Grace's family, Facebook confirmed Wednesday to nine.com.au, the data team had recovered the lost account.
In a statement, the social media platform said the account was accidentally deleted while action was being taken on a non-related fake account.
Although the account was successfully restored, Reid said the test was a valuable lesson about the need to back up important information.
& # 39; Something to learn from is that we need to learn to take more precautions and save everything from the site, & # 39; she said.
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