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Nigerian scammers use Facebook friends to steal money, Sophos reports
Written by Danrok   
Monday, 10 November 2008 10:53

From Sophos:

IT security and control firm Sophos is warning Facebook users to be wary of messages sent by friends requesting personal information or money. The warning follows the discovery that cybercriminals are masquerading as Facebook friends in order to trick unwary users into parting with valuable sensitive and financial information.

According to reports, Google Australia employee, Karina Wells, received a Facebook message from a cyber crook pretending to be her friend Adrian saying he was stranded in Lagos, Nigeria and in need of USD 500 for a ticket home.  Wells was not immediately suspicious and only became so when her 'friend' started to use American phrases like 'cell phone' instead of 'mobile phone'.  At this point, she contacted the authorities to make them aware of the attempted fraud.

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