Scammers are Scum. A warning to any is are targeted.
Yet another scam artist pretending to be a Representative of no less than Mark Zuckerberg who was going to give me $500,000 CAD. All I had to do was pay a $250. activation fee. I called her on it and low and behold, she doesn’t exist anymore.
Scammers are lazy and usually follow a formula. They are often bad at thinking on their feet. Often they work under another person who has written a script for them to follow. I they know how to read, they can be coached how to trick you out of your money.
This Ruth Nichols isn’t very skilled but the people this person targets are also not very well educated on how scams work, so they get scammed all too often. It seems innocent. Someone requests to be your friend. When you accept, they start a conversation. I also want to add this is the second time someone has tried this very scam on me.
First of all, If Someone has to Friend you first in order to communicate with you, They Don’t Work for Facebook. Someone that is legitimate already has access to your info and can get in touch with you directly, from Facebook. They don’t have to go the round about route.
Second, It is against all Facebook policies to charge a fee to claim a prize. Think. Why would someone who is giving away half a million dollars need a payment to collect it? Any real prize will cover any such expenses from the prize money. In this case I decided to go straight to the scam instead of wasting time with the build up. I already knew the spiel from the last attempt. Notice how her profile pic disappears after I confront her. I immediately let Facebook know that something seemed wrong. Her whole profile and page disappeared quite quickly.
Third, Always verify any such claims from an independent source and do not use any link provided from the supposed representative. This can lead to Ransomware and other types of viruses. This whole conversation took less than 10 minutes all told before the Representative of Mark Zuckerberg ended the attempt and removed their profile from the site.
Whether on Facebook or in an Email, don’t be lazy. Do your Due Diligence. The last bit of info is the same as the last time. Fake
Whenever a Scammer tries to say my PayPal account has been compromised and I need to click on the link to fix the problem, I instead use my regular link in my bookmarks to log into my account and double check is there is any real problem. In the eight or so attempts like that they always showed that the other link was a try at getting my password. These aren’t very smart people, just someone that follows a formula no different than a telephone solicitor. The read off a sheet or use a bot to try to get your money, information and whatever they they can through deceptive means.
Whenever a person approaches you on Facebook, check out their site. Look for the Red Flags. Have they been on Facebook very long.If they have friended you, then see if there is any real personal information on their page. Check back on past posts. Do they show much activity in the last few months. Most scam sites don’t because they get abandoned quickly whenever the persons running the scam gets found out. Usually you will see two or three photos and not much else. Set up fast so they aren’t investing much time on a page that they may have to discard at a moment’s notice. If you feel it’s suspicious contact the organization they claim to be from in a separate Tab. Honest people will understand but crooks will protest their innocence. If they are really representatives, their organization will verify that.
If you don’t verify and don’t follow the guidelines of “If It Seems Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is.” Then if you get conned, you get what you deserve. That’s the reason why con artists think they are smarter than other people. They succeed in pulling the wool over the Eyes of many .