It happened to this Texas man and it could happen to you, too. Antonio Valente had received a Facebook message from someone he didn't know. He was confused by the message as well. But when he finally got to the bottom of the problem, he was furious.
He found out that stolen Facebook photos of him and his daughter were being used by a scammer to steal thousands of dollars from a victim in Austria. Marianne Heinrich, who lives in Vienna, had been talking with a man she met on Facebook who called himself "Johnson Michael Lynn" and was using Valente's photos.
"After a few weeks of friendly conversations with Heinrich, the man said he wanted to marry her and move to Austria to be with her and his daughter, she told Valente. When he said he needed money to pay taxes in England, Heinrich wired him $4,000."
Heinrich fell for a classic sweetheart scam, but she wasn't going to go down so easily. She used an image from the fake Facebook account to locate the real Valente and messaged him online.