How to trap a Facebook fraudster

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I love this.

Meng Wong, one of the chaps who lead the creation of Sender Policy Framework (SPF) a few years back, recently found himself on the receiving end of a Facebook “stranded in a foreign city” scam.

I’ve discussed these kind of scams on the Clu-blog before. Essentially you receive a Facebook message from a friend, who says that he’s been mugged in a foreign country and needs you to wire him some cash.

In fact, your friend’s Facebook account has been broken into by a hacker, and they are using personal information from your friend’s profile to try and fool you into believing that they are legitimate.

It’s amazing how people will believe a messages sent via a social networking site much more than email.

A week or so ago, Wong received just such a message from a Facebook friend…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.