A few clicks of the keyboard and a scam is born this one involving Facebook.
One woman had her entire Facebook duplicated pictures and all. Then, the scammer targeted her friends.
“Sent me a friend request, and I thought she was already my friend and maybe I accidentally deleted her, so I accepted the request,” said Antonetta.
Antonetta, who does not want her last name, said she then stared receiving messages from the fake Facebook page, asking for money. She knew that wasn’t like her friend so she decided to scam the scammer.
“I said, ‘O.K., let’s play this game,’ I’ll gather all this information and give it to the police or FBI,” she said.
The scammer told her the money was for a friend who had been injured in an accident, and that the doctor wouldn’t operate without money. They needed $1,000 wired to them immediately.
Antonetta went to law enforcement but with the scammer overseas, there was almost nothing they could do.
But investigators urge everyone to learn from Antonette and never send money to anyone who contacts you about an emergency over the internet or phone with out verifying that the emergency is real, no matter what sales pitch the person gives you.