Warriors and Kaizer Chiefs striker Khama Billiat had his Twitter and Facebook accounts hacked by fraudsters who demanded that he pays them US$10 000 by Monday (yesterday) or they will release the contents to the media.
The hackers threatened to use Billiat’s social media accounts to insult the Zimbabwean and South African Presidents. The hackers left Billiat’s Instagram account open for them to be able to communicate with Billiat.
Wellington Mpandare, the Warriors team manager told The Herald that he had been counselling Billiat. He said:
I have constantly been in touch with him since he alerted me of what happened at the weekend and I can tell you that it has been a terrible few days for him and his family because you don’t want to be targeted by such cybercriminals.
He is a young man in a very big city in a foreign country and you begin to wonder what else such people can try to do if they don’t succeed in their mission to try and con him his hard-earned money.
It’s a serious case and the good thing is that Khama has sought help, from the people that he trusts, and he wants the world to know that this is what has been happening to him in the past few days.
He has already made it clear he will not bow to their extortionist demands, but it’s the bigger picture that worries us and that’s what we are trying to deal with.