November 4th, 2015 by Customer Care

1510_A_friendsThere’s a Facebook scam making the rounds that you should know about. It works like this: You get a friend request from someone you thought you were already friends with on Facebook, perhaps a relative or casual acquaintance. You think that’s a little odd, but figure maybe this person had to create a new account or something, so you accept. Before long, you start to receive strange messages — urgent pleas for money due to an emergency or invitations to sign up for work-at-home jobs or free gift cards.

Clearly, this is no friend. It’s a scammer that has spoofed a Facebook account in order to steal money or distribute spam links. What should you do if you receive a friend request from someone you don’t know, or if your own account is spoofed? Here are a few tips:

  • Always double-check friend requests: Don’t just automatically click “accept” for new requests. Take a few moments to look over the profile and verify that account is a real person, not a scam. If you receive a friend request from someone you are already friends with, don’t confirm the request until you verify it with your friend. Contact them by some other means — phone, email, text, etc.
  • Don’t blindly trust friends’ recommendations: Just because a link, video, or other information is shared by a friend doesn’t mean that it’s safe to click. It could be a fake account, a hacker, or mean that your friend hasn’t done his or her research.
  • Watch for poor grammar: Scam Facebook posts are often riddled with typos and poor English.
  • Alert your friends: If your Facebook friend suddenly starts posting links to work-at-home schemes or scandalous celebrity videos, tell him or her directly about the suspicious activity. Otherwise, they may never know that their account has been impersonated.

Have fun on Facebook but watch out for fake friends!

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