New Facebook Scam uses Friends' Profiles
GREENVILLE (WHNS) -- There's a new social media scam, that goes to a whole new level. And it's easy to be fooled, because it appears that your Facebook friend, is the one reaching out to you.
A Greenville woman was nearly tricked, but caught onto the scam, before she sent any money to the scammers.
Barbara Lynn Wilson says she received a Facebook message from a longtime friend, and at first, it appeared to be legitimate.
"She said, 'Did you hear the good news? I said, 'No.' She said, 'I won the Facebook bonus prize', as if Facebook had an end of the year January bonus lottery. I said, 'no'. She said, 'Your name was on it too.'"
But Wilson says that she was suspicious when an alleged Facebook executive contacted her on the social media site, and said she'd have to pay $1,500 to receive her $100,000 prize.
Wilson realized the scammers had used her friend's profile picture and created a new account in her friend's name, without her realizing it.
Wilson contacted the Greenville County Sheriff's Office to report the scam.
Deputy Michael Douglas told us that you have to be careful about giving personal information out over these sites.
"What we notice about Facebook is that people tend to put too much of their personal information out there and they'll have a friend list of people they don't know or don't know well."
We also spoke with the Better Business Bureau in Greenville, who said that Scam Tracker is a good tool you can use on their website to find out more about local, and national scams. And if you are the victim of a scam, you can report it to the BBB so that they can keep track of local scams.