“Hello dear slave”

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

My wife uses Facebook.

I know, I know. I’ve told her. But does she listen to me? No, of course she doesn’t.

She’s even listened to the rather wonderful podcast I recorded all about quitting Facebook, but still she finds it hard to cut the umbilical cord to Mark Zuckerberg’s data harvesting monster.

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Anyway, in a real-life conversation with someone last night she happened to mention that she had once received a very strange proposal from an Egyptian man via Facebook Messenger, with a unique style when it comes to chatting up his scam victims.

I asked her for a screenshot, and here it is…

Hello, dear slave, I am Hisham from Egypt, I want to marry a British woman, I have loved you so much when I saw your beautiful picture, do you accept marriage to an Egyption, you are really very beautiful, thank you very much, please communicate please, I long to see you and hear your voice.

I’m currently haggling.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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