Will hiring a hacker put me in trouble?

Will hiring a hacker put me in trouble?

hiring a hacker Yes, hiring someone to hack your boyfriend’s phone or social media or whatever is illegal. If doing X is illegal, then hiring someone else to do X is also illegal.

But don’t worry about it. You can’t actually hire someone to hack your boyfriend.

The “hire a hacker” services you see spamvertised all over Quora are scams. Specifically, they are a kind of scam called “advance fee fraud.”

Here’s how it works:

You are desperate. You think you absolutely have to know what your boyfriend is doing. Your desperation makes you gullible.

You see someone saying “here’s a hacker who can give you all the answers you want!”

In your desperation, you think “Yes! Yes! Finally the answers I need!” You email the gmail address. The hacker uses hackery-sounding words like “firewall”. Woohoo! There it is! Finally you will have what you want! You’ll nail your cheating boyfriend!

You agree on a price. The “hacker” asks you to send a deposit. You send it.

And then the “hacker” does…nothing. That’s it. That’s the whole scam. It’s called advance fee fraud because you pay a deposit in advance and the scammer simply takes the money and that’s it.

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You get angry. You demand the money back. The scammer laughs at you. The scammer says “I have emails from you soliciting to a crime. Now shut up and stop bugging me or I’ll send copies to your boyfriend, or maybe to police where you live, or both. No, hey, I got a better idea! Send me another hundred bucks or I’ll send this to your boyfriend anyway.” Boom! Gotcha.

Oh, and the scammer isn’t a hacker. The spammer learned enough hacker words from bad late night TV shows and Hollywood movies to trick the gullible, but the scammer knows as much about hacking as I know about being the Queen of England.

Seriously, there are no hackers you can just waltz up to and hire to sort out your relationship mess.