A tricky new Facebook scam is making the rounds. The goal of this one is to fake you into coughing up your financial info to a criminal. It all starts with a friend request that should make some warning bells start sounding.
You get a request from someone you thought you were already friends with, a relative perhaps. This is the first clue. They could have had to create a new account though, so you accept.
Then the messages begin, and you get non sequitur responses in return. another clue. Someone from the Better Business Bureau was hit by this scam by a criminal pretending to be a relative. This is the message she got: “I am so happy I got 200,000$ in cash from the National world help company…Did you not get it they have been helping the poor people and Retired,Unemployed, Worker’s, Disable, and people’s like us who are in need of money to make there possible living.”
The BBB employee immediately recognized this as a scam - bad spelling and poor grammar are dead giveaways. She then reported the fake account to Facebook, which we encourage you to do, too, any time you encounter someone pretending to be someone else.
We've told you about multitudes of Facebook scams. You should also protect yourself by knowing the 5 details Facebook asks for that you shouldn't give.