In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend's accounts ("Calvin"), pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.We've asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are -- one made the rounds last November -- and what they do about them. Calvin: i need your help urgently Evan: yes sir Calvin: am stuck here in london Evan: stuck?
When Morrison suggested that her suitor put his daughter on a plane to get better medical attention at home -- and even offered to pick the girl up at the airport -- a new crisis struck.(Photo: Thinkstock)In 2001, I planned to move to a new town in Connecticut. Deposit the check, and then send 0 by Western Union to my shipping company.”Maybe your spider-sense is tingling. You’ll deposit it, wire this guy 0 of your real money—and a couple of days later, your bank will let you know that the money order was a fake. Three big clues that you’re being targeted: (a) The offer is for more than you’re asking; (b) you’re supposed to send your item to another country; and (c) you’re asked to use the other guy’s shipping company.I put my house up for sale, but it sat there, unsold in the recession, for over a year. But sure enough, you get a money order or certified check in the mail. You get an email from your bank (or Amazon, e Bay, Pay Pal, Yahoo, Apple) saying that there’s a problem with your account.Evan: what do you want me to do Calvin: i want you to loan me 0 Calvin: i promise i pay you back Evan: how do you want me to loan it to you? Calvin: Shawnee Mission Northwest High '01 Evan: what?Calvin: you can have the money send via western union Evan: oh yeah that's true Calvin: will you go and send it now Evan: well i don't know Calvin: you can have it send online now damn how did you get stuck there Calvin: i came here for a vacation and i was robbed by some gang Evan: ok well i want to help you, since we're friends Calvin: ok. i know Calvin: it seems you dont to help Evan: what of course i do want to help Calvin: am in a hot sits here and you asking me silly question Evan: what is hot sits Calvin: am dead here Evan: i hope you die there YOU HACKER good luck finding someone stupid bye now (a few minutes later) Evan: oh wait.By then, Morrison knew she was dealing with a scammer.