Scamming on Facebook

So yesterday I had a unique experience (so far). I was logged into Facebook, when suddenly an old acquaintance from high school IMed me. Never really knew the person that well, but we went to high school together, and hey–what’s another friend or two on Facebook?

Anywho.

She starts going on and on about how she’d been mugged at gunpoint in London, and how she’d canceled her credit cards and was now short on cash and unable to pay for her hotel room, and could I wire her some money. Now, this isn’t my first rodeo. I know a thing or two about the Intarnetz, and I’d heard something along the lines of this scam going down over the telephone, with little old grannies as the targets, but this was the first I’d seen it at work online–let alone Facebook. Plus, I’ve traveled abroad, and I know how desperate things can get at times. I certainly didn’t want to mock an old acquaintance if she really was in dire trouble. So I said I’d heard of a scam like this, could she please tell me how she knew me so that I knew she was who she said she was.

She said she knew me through DKC.

I promptly informed “her” that that was a wrong answer, and started asking “her” what she was trying to pull. She logged out of Facebook soon after. I posted a message on the person’s account, and she logged in later and found all this crap that had gone on–somehow her account had been hacked into.

Not cool.

Anyway–just thought I’d share that with all y’all. That’s all I have for you today. Carry on.

5 Comments

  • By Anonymous, February 4, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

    Same thing happened…
    To me via email – someone had hacked into the hotmail account of someone I know. I rang the person up, and she discovered the hacking that way. Craziness.

  • By Anonymous, February 4, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    Re: Same thing happened…
    (That was Gretel, BTW – whoops)

  • By brycemoore, February 4, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    Re: Same thing happened…
    They’re all just a bunch of weasels. Weasels, I tell you!

  • By bgchristensen, February 5, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    Well I guess I know who NOT to ask when I lose all my credit cards in Europe and I need a friend to wire me money. Sheesh. I have to remember how I know you in a troubled time like that? Jerk.

  • By brycemoore, February 5, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

    Yeah. That’s just how I roll. Deal with it. :-)

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