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New Facebook Scam

Online thieves are finding new ways to dupe people into giving out personal information.

There seems to be a new Facebook scam in the works.  For those of you on the social network, your should be aware of this growing problem.

 Today, I received a friend request from one of my work colleagues.  It struck me as unusual, because I was already friends with him.  But I was busy with a few projects at the time and so I accepted the request without too much thought.  I assumed I would follow up with him later as to what happened to his old account that caused him to need to friend me again.

 After an hour or so, I received an instant message (IM) from him.  “Oh nice!” I thought, although, again it was a bit unusual because he normally doesn’t IM with me.  Of course I responded as any decent person would do.  After a few casual messages about how things are with both of us, the conversation turned weird.  Here’s what was said:

Him: how are you doing ?

Me: Good!  We hadn't a brief quiet spell, but things are picking up again:-)

Me: How about you?

Him: thing are going right

Him: hope all is well with you ?

Me: Yes, all is good.

Him: I was just wondering if you have heard about the good news yet?

Me: Hmm, I think I may have missed it!

Him: I am so happy because I got $20,000 cash from the Federal Government humanity and poverty eradication. They are Helping the poor,disable,deaf,old,retired and young  people with Cash, I wonder if you get your money yet because I saw your name on the federal Govt list,

Me: I'm sorry, what now?

Him: I wonder if you get your money yet because I saw your name on the federal Govt list

Me: Where are you right now?  I just called your office.

REDACTED signed off at 12:45 PM.

His signing off the minute I mentioned trying to call him is a clear sign that this was indeed not my colleague.  Well, that and all the talk about getting $20,000 for the Federal Government.  I’m quite certain that had I persisted with the conversation, a request for personal information, bank details, or a link to what I can guarantee is not a safe website would have followed. 

Be sure to pay attention to the little details when having any interaction with people on line, whether you know them or not.  Listen to any nagging doubts (as my wife would say) you may have.  There are plenty of bad people out there and there are very few lengths they won’t go to in order to part you and your money.

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Michael Jon Masilotti September 27, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I would have to believe that this hacker had created a new account with this persons name & info. I have had my fb account hacked before, but was able to detect it almost immediately. What is alarming to me is that if in fact someone has created another account using your identity, you may not be privy to it until some damage has been done. Unfortunately, we are all susceptible to this.
Sean A. McNerney September 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
It looks like they somehow duplicated his account. I now show two friends with the same looking page, but separate links to each page. I hadn't seen this before.
ingeborg oppenheimer September 28, 2012 at 02:05 PM
what is the benefit in terms of facebook usage of this "friending" thing? i haven't friended anybody but i have no problems reaching facebook pages of people who are my friends.
Laurie Lunsford January 04, 2013 at 04:18 PM
That exact thing happened to me today. It almost took me in.
Anna Marie January 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
received a txt at 1:15 am something to the effect, I like your Facebook pic lets get together. I have no Facebook page and my phone is not mine it's a family plan and I am just poor granny that can't afford a phone so where did this come from. the sender could not even spell yahoo.

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