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I’m pretty much on Facebook all day because my job requires it (and it’s fun to look at the losers from high school’s terrible lives). I don’t really get any friend requests because, for the most part, I’m already friends on Facebook with the people I want to be friends with. However, this last week or so I have been getting slammed in the request department by random “hot” females.
I figured that someone was trying to catfish me or scam me, so I deleted the request because I’m a human with a smart brain. Some people are not as smart as I, though. Some people are accepting these friend requests. If you’ve been getting spammed by these random requests, there is a good reason. The Better Business Bureau says that these people are scamming you.
“These crooks are persistent in demanding more and more money from victims who initially pay up,” BBB of the Mid-South president Randy Hutchinson said. “Victims who send money once will continue to be hounded for more.”
Scammers can easily reach people through social media sites like Facebook, and often pose as authority figures to make their pitch believable. If you add a scammer as a friend, they might have access to your personal information. That could lead to identity theft or fraudulent activity. Most likely, however, they’ll be after your money.
The BBB also included a list of tips to avoid getting scammed if you happen to be a complete dumbass.
• Be wary of accepting friend requests from people you don’t know. Check out their Facebook profile first. A recently created page with little or no posts or other information may be a fake.
• Never wire money or provide debit or credit card numbers or prepaid debit card identification numbers to someone you don’t know.
• Report fake profiles and fraud attempts to Facebook by clicking on the 3 dots at the bottom right corner of the profile’s cover photo.
• If you have been targeted by one of these scam, share as many details as possible on BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.
• File a complaint with the FBI at ic3.gov.
Keep your head on a swivel folks. They want your cold, hard cash..
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