Thursday, 6 February 2014

Watch Out For This Scam

Below is an actual facebook conversation that occurred this evening. On the blog facebook page I tend to accept most people who make a friend request. I figure it is how some people keep up with postings etc. and well, wanting to include everyone... you know how it is...

Anyway, within minutes of accepting such a request from one 'Kirsten Morgan', 'she' struck up an odd conversation with me on the FB messaging service (as seen below).

This is actually the second time someone has tried a similar conversation with me. The first time I suggested I would 'consider' their advice and ignored it after that. But on seeing this one I recognised the pattern and saw it immediately for what it was. I feel it is worth alerting blog readers to it.

I'm not sure what would happen if I were to follow the instructions and send a friend request to this person at the end. It could be something as gauche as a direct attempt at low level identity theft or there may be some particularly sophisticated and clever virus embedded in that page somehow. Please let me know if you know what it's all about. Either way I would not recommend following the instructions.

Here is the conversation - please pardon my bad spelling - it was originally just quick messaging and not intended for public viewing...


Some people just don't seem to get when they've been rumbled! However if someone starts a conversation with you on facebook like this, especially if they're a 'new friend', I would be very wary...


6 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Guest123 said...

does that URL actually go to a Facebook address (if you hover over it) or does it redirect to another site but just looks like an FB link?

Sam said...

I imagine that person you will add will say they have your funds, but you need to pay some sort of "Admin" fee in order to release them...

shelokay said...

you were talking to an autobot

Worcester Park Blogger said...

Seriously! How do you know?

guest D said...

The reponses look very much like those coming from a 'Bot, I was demonstrated one a few months ago that would have passed the Turing test, if only given sane questions.

But Facebook should be better at policing its environment.

Velox said...

Wouldn't surprise me if that was a bot. They're getting really clever now. Check this link out, scary how real it is! http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/10/meet-the-robot-telemarketer-who-denies-shes-a-robot/

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