Duplicate Facebook Friend Scam

Money attached to a mouse-trap with a sign saying "free money"I’m sure you’ve all heard this before – that scammers are creating duplicate FaceBook accounts/profiles as some of your friends (copying pictures and other details from the “real” accounts) and then attempting to “re-friend” you because the old account has some kind of virus/Trojan (which is a crock of excrement).

In any case – it finally happened to me.

The SIQ (scumbag in question) immediately started asking me about having won a “prize” and wondering if I got my money yet – because he saw that I was on the same prize list as him. It’s the “2013 empowerment program in conjunction with Facebook Active user Compensation bonus”.

Complete BS of course… and they want you to click on a link eventually.

In any case – I asked my friend a simple question as to where we met. He laughed it off and said it was a long time ago, and couldn’t quite remember.

SO… I gave him the year. Most of us know where we were in a given year. He didn’t.

SO… I finally relented, and told him where it was. He was my instructor at the infantry school.

He suddenly remembered.

Except I pointed out that he was air force… and not infantry… so he would never have been my instructor there.

Needless to say – take care folks. If you get a re-invite from an old friend, or have a similar dialogue about a prize from a firend-of-a-friend… you may be facing a scam.

Also – no one gives away money for free.

Author: Stephen Holton, PMP, CISSP, SSGB, ITIL, CD

After completing over twelve years service in the Canadian Armed Forces, Stephen moved to private industry where he was employed as a Director of Information Technology, Director of Operations and CIO for a number of private sector companies before finally electing to become an independent consultant in 2000. Since then he’s served as a management consultant, project/program manager and business analyst/solution architect in a number of industries and organizations - including a big-5 consulting firm. These industries and organizations have included the airline, railway, telecommunications and banking industries, the Canadian and US Governments, as well as mandates in Brazil and Bermuda. Presently Steve lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.|

    1. Stephen Holton, PMP, CISSP, SSGB, ITIL, CD Post author

      I usually launch my twitter posts via Facebook/Twitter link. I write a blog entry, then post it to my company page in Facebook – and that automatically sends a post to Twitter. You can also look at Social Media publishing tools that link a bunch of sites/services together – such as HootSuite.

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