Facebook Fraud

CNN.com | Fears of imposters increase on Facebook

facebook(CNN) — Without his input, Bryan Rutberg’s Facebook status update — the way friends track each other — suddenly changed on January 21 to this frightening alert:

“Bryan NEEDS HELP URGENTLY!!!”

His online friends saw the message and came to his aid. Some posted concerned messages on his public profile — “What’s happening????? What do you need?” one wrote. Another friend, Beny Rubinstein, got a direct message saying Rutberg had been robbed at gunpoint in London and needed money to get back to the United States.

So, trying to be a good friend, Rubinstein wired $1,143 to London in two installments, according to police in Bellevue, Washington.

Meanwhile, Rutberg was safe at home in Seattle.

OK, I’m only going to say this once. If you see a status message from me asking you to wire me money somewhere you didn’t even know I was going– DON’T DO IT. Seriously.

While it’s somewhat alarming that this sort of thing is happening, it’s somewhat more alarming that people are falling for it. It’s kind of like the Nigerian email scam all over again.

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