Morning Money Matters: Facebook Scam

January 21, 2009; News 12 This Morning

By now, you probably have checked out a social networking site.
In fact, a lot of you are members of this one in particular: Facebook.
It started out just for college students, but it's not just for kids anymore. My mother in law recently "befriended" me on the site. I almost sent her virtual flowers to mark the occasion.

Anyway, because it's so darn popular, scammers are finding their way in, and they want your money.

The newest way is an on-line come-on that promises you magic amounts of money in a work-at-home scheme. They sweeten the deal by telling you how little you will be working. One scam that's been brought to my attention offers as much as $30,000 for one transaction. People have already fallen victim to it, so it's worth repeating, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

A number of phishing scams are also floating around Facebook.
One has a friend "write on your wall," promising a free gift card if you click on a link. That link is the phishing scam site. If you think your account has been compromised, contact Facebook right away.

So, the next time you're logged in, just keep an extra eye out.
Oh, and while we're on the subject, News 12 has a "fan page" on Facebook.

We'd love you to become a fan of WRDW!


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