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Terrifying kidnapping began with victim's revealing Facebook posts

How much of your private life do you share on Facebook? Sharing something as simple as an innocent status update to your social network could spell disaster.

That's exactly what happened to Hector Martinez and his wife, Carol Ann. Carol Ann was at the local hospital with her mother and posted on Facebook that her mother's surgery went well.

Capitalizing on that status update, a team of scammers called Martinez on the phone, claiming to be drug dealers from the Bronx. They said Carol Ann had been involved in an auto accident at the hospital and she was at fault, causing severe injuries to their nephew. "We have no insurance so we want you to pay for the medical expenses," Martinez was told.

To make matters worse, there was a woman screaming hysterically in the background and the callers said they would cause harm to Carol Ann if he didn't follow their orders.

Martinez decided to give into the kidnappers demands, sending  two money transfers totaling $1,300 to an address in Puerto Rico that would pay for the "newphew's" medical bills.

After the money was sent, Martinez was able to get in touch with his wife and her mother, he realized he had been scammed.

Police suspect it's a case of social media stalking. With the status update, names, relationships and phone numbers all available on Facebook, all the information scammers need is front and center, whether you realize it or not.

Your best defense is to not post on Facebook at all, but let's face it, not all of us are willing to give up the social network - it's just too vital to everyday functions for some.

If that's the case for you, you'll want to make sure your Facebook privacy settings are set the way you need them. Click here to perform your on Facebook Privacy Check. 

Do you ever wonder how your Facebook looks to other people? You think you have the right privacy settings, but you want to be sure. In the Komando.com Flash Tip below, we show you how to see your profile as if you were a stranger.

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Source: CBS New York
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