This morning a friend said hello on Facebook messenger. The message said that we hadn't talked before - which was believable as we normally use other modes. I accepted the message and we were away:
The instant I reported the account I started getting "query error" on it so I suspect others had also reported it. Facebook did act quickly in this case.
To create the fake page they must have been able to see Richard's page and copy his profile image. The scammers must be able to see his friends list too - which is concerning.
I looked at my privacy settings but they seem to change frequently and I'm really not sure if I'm still vulnerable. There should be one big switch that defaults to private but there's not.
The Facebook platform seems to be a major location for scams including all the posts designed to go viral that gather engaged users or capture information that could be used for identity theft.
Thanks for documenting and reporting.
It's no doubt a growing challenge as 'bots' get smarter.
Constant need to keep re-wiring CAPTCHA etc must eventually introduce too much friction into online engagement and thus kill what we have with us now.
Similar challenge with fact checking - as per Brandolini's Law BS can be created far more quickly and easily than it can be refuted (although so far Wikipedia seems to be holding up).
It is indeed a big concern. You and me have been dealing with it so many times. We can smell a scam from miles away. But think about elderly people or children. Why do people earn money this way...
Nr. 1 Scam here at the moment are the SMS that a package will soon arrive. I just have to click on a link (and probabely pey a fee) to get it.
By the way it is wise to change your fb password at least twice a year or more...
Yes, I also get lots of SMS scam messages. A red flag is the URL has nothing to do with anything I have ordered and contains .php somewhere. It is annoying and it seems to me that it should not be easy to spoof the sender.
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