Do you REALLY know that person? Beware of fake Facebook friend requests

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We all get friend requests on social media from people from our past.

Maybe you went to high school with them, or it's a former neighbor. Most people typically accept the friend request without giving it a second thought.

But in reality, you may want to think twice!

A new scam has con artists posing as old friends on social media!

Michael Hansen said it started as a Facebook friend request from a high school buddy.

Then Hansen says his friend messaged him, asking if he collected his stimulus money yet, $70,000.

The man claimed he saw Michael's name on a list and the friend said he too got money.

"And so I went 'oh really?!'," said Hansen.

Michael texted the number his friend suggested and learned he would get his $70,000 government check, if he sent $850 for the delivery charge.

"That was a red flag."

About the same time, his friend messaged him saying he too sent that money. Then Michael's phone rang.

The caller claimed to be from Facebook and said he could help Michael. All he needed was remote access to his computer.

Realizing that could just lead to his computer getting hacked, or malware getting installed, Michael said no way.

"And they're just getting desperate," said Daniell Spang of the BBB.

The Better Business Bureau says most of us know by now scammers are cloning Facebook pages, stealing people's photos then targeting that person's facebook family and friends list.

It's forcing con artists to get more creative hitting targets from several directions.

"You should never pay money to receive money," said Spang.

Michael now knows that and is glad he didn't fall for this scam.

To avoid being contacted by a scammer like this experts suggest changing your security setting on facebook so strangers cannot see your pictures, profile or friends list.

 

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