Scammers on FaceBook

I  just read two articles

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/01/20/latest-facebook-scam-phishers-hit-up-friends-for-cash/

and

http://redtape.msnbc.com/2009/01/post-1.html#posts

that are talking about how scammers are hacking into people’s Facebook accounts, changing their passwords to lock them out, and then sending messages to all of their friends saything that they are overseas and their credit cards will not work and asking friends to wire them money so that they can get home. Now, remember, all of these messages would show up in your inbox on Facebook with your friend’s profile picture right next to the message, making it LOOK like it is really them.

My suggestion . . . if someone asks you to wire them money, even if it appears to be someone that you know, verify that it is them first! If you have their phone number, call them! If you only have Facebook contact info on them, then force them to give you some sort of information that only they would know (remember, the scammer can see their profile so their spouse’s name, kid’s name, where they went to school and things like that are not safe questions)

Best option . . . call them to verify that it is really them. Or tell them to call you collect to verify that it is really them and that you will not send money until you speak with them. If it is a scammer, they may remove you from the friends list so that you cannot post on the person’s wall that this is a scam.

Here is the link that you will need to go to and report this scam if it should happen to you. Save this to your bookmarks because you will be locked out of Facebook and will not be able to get to it when and if you need it.

 http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=account_compromised

Shawn
ScamVictimsUnited.com

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One Response to “Scammers on FaceBook”

  1. Robert K Minniti, CPA, CFE, Cr.FA, CFF, MBA Says:

    This is a new and interesting type of identity theft. It should also be reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Please see the article “What to do if you are a Victim of Identity Theft” at http://ascpa.wordpress.com/2008/11/27/what-to-do-if-you-are-a-victim-of-identity-theft/


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