4th grade root beer memory foils Facebook chat scammer

Naked Security reader Tracy got in touch earlier today about a strange conversation she had had on Facebook.

A Facebook friend of hers had popped up via the instant chat feature. Tracy told us that the friend (whose name we have changed in the transcript below) was an old classmate from 30 years ago, that she had on her friends’ list but never interacted with at all.

The conversation went as follows:

[Hazel Phillips] hey Tracy, you around?

[Tracy] 9:54pm
hi Hazel, how are you doing/

[Hazel Phillips] 9:54pm
I want you to try something real quick

[Tracy] 9:54pm

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