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Schuylkill County Man Says Hacker is Holding Snapchat Photos of Him for Ransom

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A Schuylkill County man says he’s being victimized by a case of Snapchat extortion.

Last week, a 21-year-old man from Washington Township reported to State Police in Schuylkill Haven that someone had hacked his Snapchat account and “stole” private photos he’d stored there.

He says the unknown thief contacted him for money. If he didn’t get the ransom he wanted, the picture pilferer was going to leak the photos to the public.

It’s not reported by police the nature of the photos but they say they’re continuing to investigate this accusation.

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Prevent a Hacked Snapchat Account

Hacks of Snapchat accounts is nothing new. And like any social media or online account you have, it’s important to keep it protected from ne’er-do-wells. Not only can hackers get hold of sensitive files you’ve got stored in your account, they can get personal data and financial information to not only steal your pride but also your money.

In order to prevent a hacked Snapchat account, the company recommends the following steps:

  • Pick a strong password.
  • Verify your email and phone number.
  • Set up 2-factor authentication.
  • Forget unrecognized linked devices.

Sure signs you’ve been hacked on Snapchat include:

  • Spam from your account
  • An unrecognized login
  • Continuously being logged out
  • Unknown new contacts

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