Facebook is great for connecting with old friends and making new ones, but guess what? Scam artists love it too.
Nina Moody learned that lesson when she received a Facebook message from a close friend’s account telling her she could claim $100,000 from the U.S. Government.
“Are you ready to claim your money?” the message read.
Moody chatted with her “friend” and asked how she could access the money. The “friend” told Nina she had to wire $1,000 to cover the taxes.
Moody consulted her grandsons and they quickly discovered Moody was actually chatting with a scammer that stole the close friend’s name and profile photo.
Scammers know you’re more likely to send money to someone you know, so they’re creating fake accounts and stealing profile photos in an effort to scam Facebook users.
To avoid a being victimized, if a friend messages you on Facebook about money, it’s always a good idea to call them and confirm everything that was discussed on Facebook.
If you see a scam, you can contact Facebook here.