Summerville woman says friend stole her personal info, had access for 2 years

Summerville woman says friend stole her personal info, had access for 2 years

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A woman in Summerville had her personal information and identity stolen from someone she considered to be a friend.

We often hear about scammers online stealing your identity and personal information but we don't typically hear about friends taking advantage of  other friends.

"I thought he was a true friend. And this is what he did to me," Summerville resident Tante Fairfax said."If he did it to me, I'm sure there are other victims out there. That's why I'm telling my story. I don't want anybody to go through what I'm going through."

Fairfax explained she recently noticed her phone was not functioning properly.

She didn't think anything of it until a work colleague knew a lot more than he should have about her life.

"It was out of order, there were texts deleted, there was a lot of crazy things going on with my phone," Fairfax said. "He knew a conversation that my daughter and I had that he shouldn't have known about."

Fairfax knew her hacker for nearly ten years.

She didn't find out until recently that he had hacked her electronic devices.

She says he was accessing her personal information for more than two years.

"It's a violation of your life. Someone is able to hear your every thought, when you're talking to your parents, your children, friends. They hear everything," Fairfax said.

When she finally connected the dots, she confronted her hacker.

"He kept denying but finally came clean and told me he did it," Fairfax said. "He admitted he was able to access my texts, my phone calls, my emails, track my location, Facebook...all of that."

Fairfax says she wants to make sure others don't put themselves at risk like she did.

"Don't trust anyone with your computer unless it's a professional. Be careful where you lay your cellphone. That's how people get you. If you get up to go to the bathroom and maybe your phone is charging, they can get it. There's all kinds of things they can do," Fairfax warned. "I don't want anyone to ever have to go through the misery, pain, and suffering my family and I are going through right now. It's devastating."

Fairfax filed reports with the FBI for cyber stalking and with the Summerville Police Department for harassment.

The investigation is still ongoing and no charges have been filed.

If you think someone has hacked your personal devices, you can go to an electronics professional.

You can also go to your local law enforcement agency and/or to the FBI Cyber Crimes department to file an official report.

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