I can’t tell you lately just how many times I have had a Facebook friend pop up in chat telling me that they are having a bad day. Seems that someone mugged them while they were visiting friends in London. (Guess London is the new fraud hot spot?)
Anyway the fraudster goes on to request money from their Facebook friend and gives them wire transfer information. NOTE: THIS IS A SCAM. I suspect that most of you have figured it out, but just in case – DON’T FALL FOR THIS HOAX.
If you receive this type of communication, Facebook provides an easy solution to help your friend avoid the SCAM continuing. Here’s Facebook’s suggestion (and it works):
We are currently working with people whose accounts have been affected…
We are currently working with people whose accounts have been affected by money transfer scams. Please use caution around messages from friends claiming to be stranded and asking for money.
Your friend’s Facebook account may have been compromised by cybercriminals attempting to impersonate them. Most frequently, these criminals will gain control of a Facebook account, and use the Chat or Status features to claim they are stuck in a far away location and in need of financial assistance.
If you have received a message like this, please enter your friend’s account information in this form so that we can make sure your friend’s account is secure.
Dear user of facebook,
Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed.
You can find your new password in attached document.