There's a Facebook scam making the rounds that you should know about. It
works like this: You get a friend request from someone you thought you
were already friends with on Facebook, perhaps a relative or casual
acquaintance. You think that's a little odd, but figure maybe this person
had to create a new account or something, so you accept. Before long, you
start to receive strange messages -- urgent pleas for money due to an
emergency or invitations to sign up for work-at-home jobs or free gift
Clearly, this is no friend. It's a scammer that has spoofed a Facebook
account in order to steal money or distribute spam links.
What should you
do if you receive a friend request from someone you don't know, or if
your own account is spoofed? Here are a few tips:
*Always double-check friend requests: Don't just automatically click
"accept" for new requests. Take a few moments to look over the profile
and verify that account is a real person, not a scam. If you receive a
friend request from someone you are already friends with, don't confirm
the request until you verify it with your friend. Contact them by some
other means -- phone, email, text, etc.
*Don't blindly trust friends' recommendations: Just because a link,
video, or other information is shared by a friend doesn't mean that it's
safe to click. It could be a fake account, a hacker, or mean that your
friend hasn't done his or her research.
*Watch for poor grammar: Scam Facebook posts are often riddled with typos
and poor English.
*Alert your friends: If your Facebook friend suddenly starts posting
links to work-at-home schemes or scandalous celebrity videos, tell him or
her directly about the suspicious activity. Otherwise, they may never
know that their account has been impersonated.
Have fun on Facebook but watch out for fake friends!
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