Woman loses $4000 in Facebook fake friend fraud

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

It’s a scam that’s growing in popularity on social networks such as Facebook.

You receive a Facebook message from one of your online friends asking for help.

They’re in a foreign country, they say, and desperately need you to wire them some money as they’ve lost their wallet/air tickets/passport, They may even pepper the messages with mention of their spouse or the kids who are with them, lulling you into a false sense of security that their dilemma is genuine.

In fact, a hacker has broken into your online friend’s account and is using their profile as a disguise to fool you into making a hasty money transfer.

This is just the kind of scam which has hit Jayne Scherrman after a hacker hijacked the account of her friend Grace Parry.

According to media reports, Scherrman, who lives in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, went to Western Union to wire money to someone who she believed to be her friend after…

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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.