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.