You may recall my previous stories about what's known as the Nigerian Scam.
That's where you get an email or letter from a stranger... asking for help moving millions of dollars out of Nigeria.
Now crooks have cooked up a new way to con people. They're befriending women on the well known website, my space.
Debby Harmon tells us, "These guys are really good at it. They make you believe everything that they're saying."
Harmon signed up on my space back in August... and in just a few months has been able to make quite a few friends.
But two men she's conversed with wound up being crooks... out to snag Debby's cash.
One sent her this photo and called himself Jerry. He also sent pictures of his 7 year old son, Henry. Jerry asked Debby to wire him $500 when his luggage was lost in Nigeria.
Debby was also suspicious of another man who used the name Honey.
He too asked for cash... needed it wired to Nigeria... And also claimed to have a 7 year old son named Henry.
Debby says, "I was lucky enough to figure it out and not send them any money, but I don't know how many women have sent money to men over in Nigeria."
Debby says Jerry still tries to chat with her, but he's now changed his look. His profile now shows this picture of him instead of the original one he sent Debby.
Debby contacted My Space twice to warn them about these men and I too tried to contact the website... but we've never heard back.
The bottom line... use common sense and remember you're chatting with strangers. You really have no idea who you're dealing with... so don't share personal information like your mailing address, phone number, or banking information.
If someone asks for money... stop communicating with them.
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