Florist reveals how cruel scammers hacked into her social media accounts and replaced her profile photo with an ISIS flag that left her company in ruins
- Gold Coast florist Chelsea Shiels has earned a living selling flower crowns
- But hackers broke into her Facebook account and stole $ 420 from her PayPal
- The thieves changed her profile photo to the ISIS flag after they had been granted access
- Facebook and Instagram both disabled her account when the two were linked
A florist's social media have told how hackers have deleted her Instagram account and destroyed the livelihood that she has completely rebuilt for six years.
Gold Coast florist Chelsea Shiels turned her hobby into a life when she began to combine shells, flowers and precious stones to create elegant goddess-style crowns.
But earlier this month, her dream career turned into a nightmare when she discovered that her corporate social media account had been hacked.
The social media account of Instagram designer Chelsea Shiels (photo) suddenly disappeared and destroyed the livelihood that she completely rebuilt for six years
She stole $ 420 from her PayPal account by accessing her Facebook payment information, but it was the damage to the presence of her social media that poked the most.
The hackers took control of her account and changed her profile picture to the black-and-white flag of terrorist organization ISIS, as a result of which Facebook knew her account.
& # 39; I received a message from my cousin that said: & # 39; I think you've been hacked & # 39 ;. She sent me a photo of something that just came up as my profile photo, & she said 9News.
She reported the hack to the Australian Federal Police, who told her that the thieves may have used the ISIS flag to remove the account as quickly as possible.
Her Instagram account, which was linked to her Facebook, was also deleted.
It was only after days of messages to the social media giants, as well as an online petition and support from the well-known blogger Constance Hall, that her accounts were restored.
The floral designer turned her hobby into a life when she began to combine shells, flowers and gems to create an elegant goddess-style crown
& # 39; I have checked my Instagram accounts and they were both gone. It happened within a few seconds. It was really upset, & she said.
& # 39; It only showed how fast you can lose everything. It's like getting fired from a job … it was pretty full of it. & # 39;
Mrs. Shiels sells her garlands and decorated sunglasses for between $ 168 and $ 550 at online marketplace Etsy.
The hackers took control of her account and changed her profile picture to the black-and-white flag of terrorist organization ISIS (photo), so Facebook knew her account
The designer, who has 177,000 followers on Instagram, got the $ 420 back and Instagram also admitted that they had made a mistake.
A Facebook spokesperson said they had restored access to Mrs. Sheils' account as quickly as possible – while verifying that it was her real.
& # 39; We are committed to protecting the integrity of our services and working hard to protect our community against hackers, fake accounts and other non-authentic behavior, & # 39; said the spokesman.
& # 39; I received a message from my cousin that said: & # 39; I think you've been hacked & # 39 ;. She sent me a photo of something that just came up as my profile photo, & she said
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Instagram and Facebook for further comments.
In 2016, Mrs. Shiels told Daily Mail Australia that she started selling her crowns after overcoming her embarrassment to make a living out of her talent.
& # 39; However, I was so nervous what people would think. Like, why would you wear shells on your head, right? & # 39; she said.
Mrs. Shiels sells her garlands and decorated sunglasses for between $ 168 and $ 550 at online marketplace Etsy
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