Facebook friend stranded in Nigeria. Would you rescue them?

Graham Cluley
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How many “friends” do you have on Facebook? Without checking on the site, would you know where they all are right now?

Would you know if Barney the lad who used to deliver the post at that office three jobs ago is currently on safari in Africa? Or if Alison the sexy PA to the CFO who you never quite managed to ask out for a drink is scuba-diving in the Mediterranean?

Even if it’s a close friend, you’re probably not keeping that close an eye on every movement they make – especially in the maelstrom of other status updates coming from your dozens if not hundreds of other contacts on the site.

So if suddenly your mate Adrian sent you a Facebook message saying he was stranded in Lagos, Nigeria, and in need of $500 for a ticket home you might well not instantly smell anything fishy.

That’s what happened to Google Australia employee Karina Wells. According to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.