It is impossible to keep up with all of the internet scams out there, but here's one that came knocking on my door this week via Facebook and so I wanted to warn you to not let this scam empty your bank account.

The scam started via a message in Messenger from what looked like was one of my Facebook friends I had not heard from in a long time.

Here's how the conversation went.


Well, at this point, I knew something was amiss. My friend's Facebook account had been hacked. But, I wanted to see what the scoop was and where this was going, so the conversation continued.


Right during the middle of this, I decided to play along for just a bit. I'm sure this scammer's face lit up when I mentioned my interest in getting the $100,000.


Well, of course, I did not send a text to learn what to do next because I definitely did not want to be giving out any personal information to this sham. But,  you will notice, a short time later the scammer was checking on me to see if I had made contact.

But, you can see how some of these counterfeit schemes work under false pretenses through what appears to be a trusted friend. Unfortunately, some people fall for these schemes for the chance at what appears to be some easy money.

My best advice is to approach every message you receive with caution - especially if you haven't heard from this person in a long time or if it's someone you don't normally correspond with.

If you are suspicious, subtly ask the "friend" a personal question pertaining to something only the real friend would know. If and when you determine it's a scam, report it to Facebook, and, of course, by all means, do not give out any personal information.

Another way to determine if this is a "fake" friend is to go immediately to your friend's Facebook page and hit "Message". If a new message box pops up - minus the current discussion box - you know that your friend has been hacked and somebody is up to no good.

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