Scammers will turn their attention to social network sites. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times

Scammers will turn their attention to social network sites. Photo / Bay of Plenty Times

Facebook users have been warned they will be among targets of a huge increase in cyber crime next year.

Internet scammers are increasingly hacking into personal profiles on social networking sites to defraud the account holder’s friends, said one expert.

David Hall, from internet security company Symantec, said most people were wise to email scams but could let their guard down if the con appeared to come from someone they knew.