Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nigerian Scam on Facebook - an Example

"What A Nigerian Facebook Scam Looks Like"
Silicon Valley Insider (January 24, 2009)

"Facebook is arguably one of the safer corners of the Internet, with fairly complex security and privacy controls. But when passwords get busted, even on Facebook, not everyone is whom they're pretending to be. Like a Nigerian scammer, posing only slightly convincingly as one of your real-life friends, trying to get you to send them a $900 wire transfer.

"A former university colleague ("Evan") passed along this Facebook conversation, which he promises really happened to him. In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend's accounts...."

Pretty good account of what happened - and Facebook's response.

Also, a reminder to be careful - and think before sending money, giving personal or confidential information, and all that.

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