Beware of Facebook Scams (Betty Sexton)

Be careful of someone wanting to "friend" you on Facebook. It may be a crook masquerading as a long lost relative.

In the case of a prize, ask specifics about the sweepstakes itself and get independent confirmation of it.

It doesn't make sense that you could win a drawing if you never entered the contest... or if the contest was held outside the U.S.

Also, look for mispellings, grammatical errors, and speech differences. Someone in Nigeria may not have the same command of the English language.

If you're suspicious about a request, check it out first.


Remember you can always make a Call for Action by dialing (719) 457-8211 Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by emailing us from the Call for Action page. Look to the right for the "click here" button.





Thanks to Tim Ward for telling me about a scam using Facebook to get your cash. His disabled son recently was "friended" by a Frank Ward and the son assumed since their last name was the same ... that Frank was a relative.

He later learned Frank was a crook from Ibadan, Nigeria.

The son was told he had won $200,000 and his money was safe with Frank. Frank just needed the son to wire him $3,000 to pay for a delivery charge.

To make things easier, Frank used Federal Express to send the son a check to cover the fee. When Tim heard about this, he smelled a rat and called me.

Facebook warns its users to be careful of several schemes used by hackers and scammers. One of the most common ones is a crook hijacking one of your friend's accounts and masquerading as your buddy. The friend will claim he's been robbed and and is stuck in a foreign country and desperately needs you to wire him funds immediately.

The best advice ... be skeptical about any prize offers or requests for cash. Verify identities and prize winnings using other methods.

 Call your friend or relative... or ask them to call you. If you're close, they should know how to contact you. You also can ask them specific questions.

One hacker ... a so-called high school friend was nailed because he didn't know what his school mascot was.

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