Thursday, August 6, 2009

419 Scam on Facebook


If you're on Facebook, make sure to never give (or send) money to anyone who solicits money from you. Last month, my Facebook account got compromised and someone logged into my account and started soliciting money from my list of friends. Most of my contacts were aware of the "419 scam" so they quickly disconnected. Allow me summarize by quoting CBS5 news:
Facebook has a name for the latest scam, it's called the "419" scam and works like this: A hacker takes over a users' identity and sends messages to the users' friends. The messages claim that the user is stuck in London or another foreign city, after being mugged of their cash, credit cards and phone and requests friends to wire money so the user can get back home.
You may think that people are familiar with the 419 scam on Facebook, but I'm sure you'll find people who have no idea what you're talking about. Therefore, I hope you'll join me in raising public awareness about these types of dangerous scams on Facebook.

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