The hijacking of two City of Sand Springs-owned Facebook pages is “certainly an irritation,” but residents shouldn’t worry that their city utility accounts have been compromised, City Manager Mike Carter said Saturday after- midday.

Hackers reportedly took over Facebook pages Friday belonging to Sand Springs Animal Welfare and the town’s main page, the City of Sand Springs.

“Our page admins have been kicked out of the groups, and we are working to regain control of them,” city planner Brad Bates said Friday night.

For example, Carter noted, the city’s main Facebook page has been changed to indicate that the location of the page manager is Nigeria.

Bates said a fake animal adoption post on the Sand Springs Animal Welfare page directed interested parties to a link where they likely fell prey to scammers.

“We believe he is trying to scam money,” he said.

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Although that post was deleted on Saturday afternoon, a similar post saying the dogs in question were still available was in its place with the same fraudulent link.

On both posts, comments had been disabled, so users were unable to alert other readers to the scam. However, many readers re-shared the posts, noting on their own posts that the original post was a scam.

Bates encouraged Facebook users not to follow the link given on the adoption posts and instead report the posts to Facebook as fraudulent.

Anyone who paid bail to see one of the animals might want to file a police report or at least contact the police for advice, he said.

Carter expressed frustration Saturday that Facebook itself is seemingly inaccessible and unresponsive to such situations.

“They should have a way for (Page admins) to report it and deal with it immediately,” he said.

While most Facebook users can understand that their Page has been spoofed at one time or another, the issue is different for “entity” Pages – those owned by businesses, government agencies, or organizations with non-profit, etc. – because the administrators of these pages are authorized authority on these pages via their own personal Facebook accounts.

So if a person’s individual page is compromised, it’s often not difficult for hackers to gain access to all of the entity pages over which the person has control.

“It shouldn’t be tied to an individual’s own Page,” Carter said, adding that the city will regroup in the coming days to tighten restrictions on Page admins and make other changes to prevent City pages are compromised again.

Carter wanted to reassure residents that their personal and financial information is safe because it has never been linked to Facebook.

“None of our ‘real systems’ were affected,” he said. “While (the Facebook hack) is certainly an irritation, it’s not what we consider a true intrusion.”