Nancy Zieman’s Facebook Page Hacked!

Nancy Zieman’s Facebook Page Hacked!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email, the Nancy Zieman Facebook paged was hacked/stolen. It was totally my fault. This is what happened.

I received a message from Facebook along with their logo, stating that my account would be suspended because I violated their policy and that I needed to verify my account or they would temporarily shut it down.  I filled out the form with my login information. Stupid—I know better than that.

That night I could no longer access my administrator account. When I went to my Facebook page I found posts for all sorts of unrelated products. My password was changed and I could not delete the posts.

We are currently working on gaining back control of my Facebook page. But it is not happening very quickly. Thanks to many of you who reported the hack and to those of you who are working to help my team regain control of the site.

Lessons to learn from my big mistake:

  • Do NOT click or share any of the non-sewing or quilting posts. Likely, the purpose of the perpetrator is to achieve financial gain from clicks and/or sales.
  • Never give out your password. (I know this and you know this – but did I follow my own advice? No.)
  • Have a different password for each internet/social media account.  

Have patience. We hope to gain back control in the near future.

Egg on my face and feeling mighty stupid,

Nancy Zieman Sig White Bkg

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  • Cathy Serafinowicz
    August 12, 2015

    Thanks for letting us know Nancy.
    Hope you’re back to normal soon.
    Just shows us all,that we have to be vigilant on line.

    Best wishes


  • Kris
    August 12, 2015

    Oh Nancy- So sorry this has happened to you. Hopefully all will return to normal very soon – Best wishes 🙂

  • Robbin Dobahue
    August 12, 2015

    It could happen to any of us, Nancy, even without filling out the form. I know this first hand. Don’t be hard on yourself and thank you for the reminder. We all take much for granted online these days.

  • Darlene B
    August 12, 2015

    My personal fb page was hacked recently, too. No worries, Nancy! No one is blaming you – it is so easy to fall into their traps!

  • Beverley
    August 12, 2015

    Hackers are so smooth. It’s very easy to be misled. Thinking of you as you work on the issue. Take care.

  • Diane Wyte
    August 12, 2015

    You are NOT stupid, Nancy – this could happen to any of us and egg should be on the face of the perpetrator who is trying to undermine you. You are awesome and we all love what you do – an you!!! We will wait!!! And learn!

  • Toni
    August 12, 2015

    Definitely not blaming you, but I would like to jab a pin or two into the scoundrels who did the hack. I miss the sewing updates!!!!

    Good luck!

  • Patti White
    August 12, 2015

    Thanks for the e-mail. I wondered why it wasn’t about sewing. Hey, I clicked on a couple of those pages! So no problem, even the pentagon got hacked! Don’t stress…we’ll always be here for you.

  • Uriel Hansen
    August 12, 2015

    Sorry you got hacked 🙁 but that explains the weird posts. And it gives me a wake up call! Why? I was both complacent and complicit in just thinking it was a ‘new marketing tactic’ to improve site traffic. I should have known better too. I will try and do better the next time this happens to someone I follow.

  • Marijka
    August 12, 2015

    Hugs from one human to another! 🙂

  • Beverly Oberhelman
    August 12, 2015

    I wondered about that myself…no harm done. Sorry you have to deal with this. Go sew for awhile….that should make you feel better! 🙂

  • Laurie
    August 12, 2015

    I knew it! After the 3rd weird post I saw, I reported it. Sorry you had to go thru that. And don’t feel like the Lone Ranger, I did the same thing with a debit card and realized my stupid mistake as soon as I hung up the phone. Luckily, the bank canceled the card with in minutes, so no harm done. Don’t feel bad, we all make mistakes!

  • Carrie
    August 12, 2015

    No worries! Many of us knew it was hacked. I tried to advise you on your blog, but the comment section was not visible…another red flag for me.
    Continued success to you and your team! I know it will be resolved soon!

  • Sue Anderson
    August 12, 2015

    Don’t feel too bad, if they had Facebook’s official stuff then they probably have hacked them also. Thank you for letting us know.

  • Patricia hersl
    August 12, 2015

    Live. Laugh. We have all been there!

  • Paula Johnson
    August 12, 2015

    That explains a lot. I thought the posts were completely unlike anything else you post. We have all been taken in by something or other. Not your fault!

  • Dee Hutchinson
    August 12, 2015

    I knew something was wrong. I hope you fix it quickly and don’t feel bad. I got scammed on a puppy purchase.

  • SandraJ
    August 12, 2015

    I was getting a bit confused by what I thought were your posts. 🙂 I should have known something was going on. Glad you’re getting it under control.

  • Jennifer Nelson
    August 12, 2015

    It happens to the best of us Nancy. The internet unsavory are getting more sophisticated these days. I am happy that you are sharing your experiences so the rest of us can learn from you….even more than we ever have before.

  • Judy Huber
    August 12, 2015

    I was wondering what was going on. I am glad you got it fixed!

  • Daphne
    August 12, 2015

    I was starting to wonder you were sharing junk. I miss the sewing stuff. I’m sorry that you got hacked.

  • Kristin
    August 12, 2015

    no worries! I’m just glad you are back in control!

  • Nancy McCalpin
    August 12, 2015

    I was wondering why you were posting all that stuff…lol

  • Rita Smith
    August 12, 2015

    So sorry. Our computer was hacked for ransom. We had to buy new computers. We will all be more careful and alert from now on.

  • NancyG
    August 12, 2015

    Sorry to read about your site being hacked. Too bad these hackers can’t use their skills for good instead of evil. Such a waste.

  • Sidney
    August 12, 2015

    It could happen to anyone. I knew you wouldn’t be posting about that stuff.
    No worries, and no apologies neede
    *hugs* & hope you are doing better.

  • Diana
    August 12, 2015

    We love you anyway..egg on your face or not. Just shows how it can happen to the best of people

  • AnnieLove
    August 12, 2015

    I’m glad to hear that you’re getting things straightened out, and thanks for letting us know. I just couldn’t figure out why you were posting all that non sewing related stuff. 😉

  • Sheila
    August 12, 2015

    The hackers are getting too crafty, and I’m beginning to think they are somehow monitoring my emails and listening in on my conversations at home. Like the time I got an email order confirmation from a well known online company right after my son told me he had been browsing the website, and the email gave an address for an unknown person in another state. I panicked and clicked the link in the email to cancel the order, then immediately realized I should have typed the company’s website URL in my browser and gone there to check for an order. It happened late at night when I was tired and my defenses were down.

  • June
    August 12, 2015

    We have all been victim to this nasty business at one time or another. I hope your health problem is being resolved too. Best of Wishes for you.


  • Margaret C.
    August 12, 2015

    As if you didnt have enough going on…
    Hugs from all of us. There by the grace of god go I.

  • Marilyn Kelly-Clark
    August 12, 2015

    Sorry this happened! With your past health issues, you don’t need the stress. At least we all realized pretty quickly it wasn’t likely these posts were coming from you! 🙂

  • Colleen
    August 12, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your story of being hacked, it helps me to know how easy it is to be taken in by dishonest people. I’ve had emails about my bank account that I would have been taken in by but for the fact I don’t bank on line.
    please don’t let this effect you in a negative way you need to know how you handled the situation has made lemon aide out of those lemons and put your thoughts to the positive side things to work on healing and your health
    You are loved

  • Carline
    August 12, 2015

    Sorry this happened to you Nancy. I new something was going on by all the weird post showing up, glad it’s been found and now will be corrected and we can get back to business again……no I don’t need to know how to give myself a foot massage….LOL

  • Colleen Murphy
    August 13, 2015

    Nancy, sorry this happened to you. Makes me realize that we all need to be mindful of the potential pitfalls of using the Internet.

    Hope you are feeling better. Best to you.

  • Alice Schultz
    August 13, 2015

    IF you clicked any of the links – be sure to check your computer for viruses – and change your passwords!!

  • Kate sheen
    August 13, 2015

    I thought it was weird, didn’t realize that could happen like that

  • Av
    August 13, 2015

    lol, i was wondering about all the yahoo forwards and stories lol…hope you get it resolved

  • Tamy Mitchum
    August 13, 2015

    The minute I saw it I knew you were hacked, nothing in the page had anything to do with sewing. Hope you can solve the problem soon. Sorry it happened.

  • Chantay Heidenthal
    August 13, 2015

    Figured that someone had for you. There were several other sites got hit too.
    Glad your getting it fixed.
    Have a great day!

  • Joan Gamsky
    August 13, 2015

    Sorry this happened to you. I had it happen too only way worse, pictures that almost gave me a heart attack.

  • Kathy
    August 13, 2015

    This could happen to anyone…. No worries!

  • Gayle Neely
    August 13, 2015

    I was wondering what was going on! I thought maybe due to some of your health problems you wanted to share helpful ideas but not that many!! Remember one other time someone set up a fake fb page with your name.

  • Debbie Broussard
    August 13, 2015

    i keep reporting them and the response I have been getting back from Facebook is that they will not do anything because it does not look like spam to them. Here it isYou anonymously reported Nancy Zieman’s share for spam.
    Unlike Nancy Zieman
    Unfollow Nancy Zieman
    Read 1 Previous Message

    Our update
    Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the share you reported for being spam and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.

  • Barbara Lorelli
    August 13, 2015

    I thought it was awfully strange! Thank you for the email explaining.

  • Maureen
    August 13, 2015

    It only took a few of those posts to realize your site was hacked. I reported it to Facebook. I think most people knew it was not you. Thanks for telling us and can’t wait until your page is back to normal. Have a great day!!!

  • Mona Rottinghaus
    August 13, 2015

    Thank you for letting us know, Nancy. I’m sorry this happened to you. I appreciate your candor, it helps the rest of us be aware and stay vigilant for our own protection. You continue to teach us even when things go wrong. Thank you.

  • Jane McLean
    August 13, 2015

    I’m sure most of us knew right away that you’d been hacked and were thinking “Why our wonderful Nancy, of all people? Who’d want to hurt her?” We’re all on your side and know you have wonderful and supportive staff.

  • Joan
    August 13, 2015

    The idiots are so good at convincing you they are real. Always look at the full header info when you get emails like this, it will show what email address it came from. Look at their @address and you can see if it’s not from the actual company.

  • Shirley in Canada
    August 13, 2015

    I thought something was wrong with the first post I saw … didn’t click on anything. Will be waiting for your pleasant return. Good luck, Nancy

  • Toni
    August 13, 2015

    Thanks for letting us know, Nancy. Don’t worry, we’ve all made our share of mistakes.

  • Diane
    August 13, 2015

    I was wondering what was going on, it wasn’t your normal posting. So sorry you have to go through this! I hope it back to you soon!!

  • Kaye
    August 13, 2015

    It’s funny how we all had the same feeling about the posts. Wishing you good health.

  • Lori
    August 13, 2015

    I wondered about all those off topic posts. Thanks for the heads up

  • Donna Noll
    August 13, 2015

    I thought while you were in therapy someone else was posting for you and ran out of sewing ideas. Don’t worry at least it wasn’t something repulsive being spread around!
    Still praying for your recovery.

  • Pat
    August 13, 2015

    I was thinking this is not Nancy but kept seeing all this stuff that had nothing to do with sewing.
    I should have known better.
    Thanks for sharing what happened…..looking forward to the “real” site.
    God bless you!

  • Chris ranick
    August 13, 2015

    we knew you were classier than that! We respect you and know this was not your doing. Good luck and good health.

  • Barb
    August 13, 2015

    Thanks for your willingness to share this, Nancy. You’re always teaching us something! Best of luck in all ways…we love you!!

  • Mary
    August 13, 2015

    I unfriended you on Facebook because i just got my computer back from the ‘computer doctor’ getting fixed fro a bad virus that I got on line. When you get this fixed I will friend you again. Thanks for letting us know. i will friend you again when all this is fixed.

  • Annie
    August 13, 2015

    This happened to me w/ PayPal a few weeks ago. Something wasn’t right and I did not respond. Instead I contacted PayPal directly and reported this. Apparently it is rife on the net just now.

  • Lucretia Hart
    August 13, 2015

    Thank you for letting us know. I am so sorry this happened to you. It helps the rest of us be aware and stay vigilant for our own protection. You continue to teach us and share your life experiences. I wish you and your team the best. Thank you.

  • Kathy Warnock
    August 13, 2015

    We feel so stupid when we play into the hands of a perpetrator, but it was NOT your fault. Sometimes we just don’t recognize the signs, especially when what appears to be a legitimate business reaches out to us. Thank you for sharing so that we can all benefit.

  • Karen Garrett
    August 13, 2015

    LOL, I’m a recent follower on FB and was about to unfriend you because I wanted to see stuff about SEWING, not this other garbage!

    Good to know, thanks for being brave enough to share!

  • Barb Steinmetz
    August 13, 2015

    I also had wondered at first thought it was important to share but then thought hmmmmm. No worries! Thank you for reminding us how diligent we need to be. Take care 🙂

  • Barb Fisher
    August 13, 2015

    You are always an inspiration. These days you don’t often see someone admit a mistake, we love your integrity, and as many others have said, you are always teaching us, and we truly appreciate it. We pray for your speedy solution and your continued recovery. God Bless. and lots of love.

  • Susan Kluger
    August 13, 2015

    So many of us, who know better, are taken in once-in-awhile. We’re all human and make mistakes. Your lesson is our lesson. You do so much for us, unlike those greedy, self-serving hackers, and for that I thank you.

  • Kitt
    August 13, 2015

    So sorry to here this, but you are not in that boat alone. I had to redo my whole computer last year because of that sort of thing. We are all human.

  • Jane H
    August 13, 2015

    I did receive one hacked message and it automatically went to the junk mail folder. I also checked it out by going safely into properties to view the message and it was in code. This is what I do if I am not sure about the emails I receive.

    Thank you for being an honest person. Please get better soon. You are love.

  • Joanne Cyr
    August 13, 2015

    Good Morning Nancy. I hope you are starting to feel better….it could have happened to anyone of us. Once you saw the logo it was only natural that you would take the info as gospel. The hard part is now getting everything back to normal. Thank you for your honesty Nancy and your integrity. It is sad that there are people out there that would do things like that to us. Hugs….and chin up.

  • Carolyn Sloan
    August 13, 2015

    I wondered what was up when I began to see FB posts from NZ that were anything but sewing related……….health, exercise, etc., it just didn’t seem like that was something you all would post. Didn’t open any of them……….I always think, “well, if I want a plumber, I’m not going to call an Oral Surgeon………or if I need a seamstress, I’m not going to visit a welder……”
    Hope you are soon back to “normal”!

  • Debby Greenway
    August 13, 2015

    I wondered why you were getting into all those products! Thank heavens you aren’t!

  • Nancy Taylor
    August 13, 2015

    Thanks for letting us know. It’s not like some of us have never had that happened or an attempt. They put a lot of time in being sneaky and deceitful.
    Nancy T

  • Sharon N
    August 13, 2015

    Not your fault. And you are not stupid. These people are cunning and evidently have nothing else to do all day.
    A pox on them. Your site will soon be back to the trustworthy site we all know and love.
    Continued prayers for your health.

  • Elaine Black
    August 13, 2015

    I, too, was surprised at some of the things that came up on FB that were supposedly posted by you. I should have realized something wasn’t right. I didn’t click or share anything not related to sewing/quilting. Like others said, most of us have been fooled by someone phishing at one time or another, myself included, so don’t beat yourself up. It’ll all be okay.

  • Patricia Dyke
    August 13, 2015

    Nancy: I wondered why you were posting all the non-sewing stuff. Not like you at all. I want the old Nancy back. Pat

  • Laura Hatfield
    August 13, 2015

    It happens to all of us, we get tired, or distracted: click on the wrong link or fill out the wrong form…cyberworld is filled with pitfalls.

  • Susie Simpson
    August 13, 2015

    Ooppppss!! I was wondering what happened. Glad you will be posting sewing related things again. Hope all is well in your recovery!

  • Frances
    August 13, 2015

    Hadn’t seen it (hardly ever on FB), but thanks for the heads-up! Silly things happen to the best of us. You are braver than many for having owned up — and reminding the rest of us to beware. Thanks ever so much for all you share with us!

  • Savannagal
    August 13, 2015

    It’s easy to do, and a good reminder to us all. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Shan Cross
    August 14, 2015

    Sorry to hear you got hacked. I”m not on FB but I still feel for you , they are lousy Mongrels . Keep up all your good work dont let them beat you . Love your U Tubes and all your information you pass on to all of us, following you . Keep strong for your own health . Cheers Shan

  • Noreen
    August 15, 2015

    Nancy, I hope you are doing well! I am sorry I found this on my fb account, and my security on my laptop locked up. I found it to be from your site. I had to immediately report your fb site for being hacked. I am so sorry this has happened. I have know you for a long long time 20+ yrs., an am from WI. Take care please let me know when I can see you again on fb! Hugs! Happy Sewing to all!

  • Noreen
    August 15, 2015

    Nancy, I hope you are doing well! I am sorry I found this on my fb account, and my security on my laptop locked up. I found it to be from your site. I had to immediately report your fb site for being hacked. I am so sorry this has happened. I have know you for a long long time 30+ yrs., an am from WI. Take care please let me know when I can see you again on fb! Hugs! Happy Sewing to all!

  • Katherine T. Fowler
    August 15, 2015

    Nancy, I read your book…that was wonderful, you did such
    a great job. I could not believe you learned all those things
    growing up! Riding a tractor, etc…you really amazed me.
    You have great ability at coping. I had Bell’s Palsy twice, the first time left nothing. the second left an eye that does
    really open all the way. Also had shingles. Got to tell you
    you look great, and I have enjoyed your programs for I
    guess, all the time you have been on air. Learned great
    deal, really appreciate all your help.
    I hope your site gets cleared quickly and you catch the

  • Kathy
    August 18, 2015

    Thanks for the update. You certainly are not the only one who has been hacked. And unfortunately probably not the last. Not stupid on your part at all!
    Thank you also for the great sewing tips and ideas.
    I’m glad to see you back at the machine! praying for good health for you!

  • Colleen
    August 22, 2015

    So sorry you were hacked. I hope there comes a day when we don’t have to worry about that! Don’t feel silly…it could happen to anyone. Hope you can get it straightened out! Have a great Quilt Expo week!!!

  • Janiice Selden
    August 25, 2015

    Nancy, you’re such an elegant, courageous, sweet heart of a person. Forgive yourself for falling prey to these horrible beings. They don’t have a soul. They are only hackers, because they are big failures, and they’re too dumb to realize, at the end of the day, they inadvertently blessed you with more wisdom and strength . So let yourself off the hook. We the sewing community in America, and abroad appreciate and love you for all you do. You are not alone. Continue to stand tall for who you are.
    May blessings always be upon you,

  • Frances Gabler
    August 26, 2015

    Hi nancy,
    First how is your health? My last test came back cancer free.
    I Got hacked twice once in my Email and once in my bank account. I know how it feels but it will straighten out.
    Stay well we all love you.
    Fran Gabler

  • TJ Hein
    September 29, 2015

    Hi Nancy and team, I don’t know how you do it once again life handed you a lemon and you made lemonade. You always inspire me and after watching a video or reading a post I leave with a smile feeling a bit stronger, you are such an inspiration. Thank you. TJ

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