If you’re a frequent Facebook user, you’ve probably come face-to-face with a fair share of scams.
Over the years, numerous people have fallen victim to malware and identity theft on the site. Good things never happen to people who click on spam.
Recently, a North Carolina woman was about to hand over $2,000 to a swindler on Facebook. Now, she is speaking up to warn other users of the dangers.
According to WGHP, it all began when Cheryl Albrecht accepted a friend request from an old lady she knew.
This woman alleged that the federal government had given her money, and was curious if Albrecht had received her share.
“She had seen my name on the winners list as well and wanted to know if I’d gotten my money,” Albrecht said.
It seemed legitimate until she was asked to send a mysterious man a friend request in order to obtain the cash.
Once he accepted her request, he began asking her for all sorts of personal information, such as where she lived and whether or not she was single. Then, he wanted her to send him $2,000 to claim the supposed prize.
Luckily, Albrecht did not send him any money. Although, the harassment didn’t end there.
“He still hounded me,” she explained. “Literally, ‘Do you want your money? Do you want your money?’”
She later learned that the original friend request from that elderly woman was phony.
Not long after, it happened again.
On this occasion, she was told money would be awarded to her via a Facebook lottery, a scam that the Better Business Bureau believes is being utilized to infect your system with malware that could potentially harm or, worse, hijack your private information.
Many of the Facebook accounts that attempted to scam Albrecht out of her hard earned money have either been flagged or deleted.
She’s one of the lucky ones that escaped being conned by a well-worn scam. There are so many people who allow their gullibility and eagerness to collect some money overshadow their good judgement.
Whenever you are messaged unexpectedly and asked to click through to various links, or requested to provide any personal information, you should beware.