Scammers are after your facebook friends!
Important advice: Don’t let others see who’s in your friend list on Facebook! The reason is simple: Impostors often search through contacts so that they can scam your friends with YOUR NAME!
This default configuration is very useful to impostors
Before we describe how this works, follow these 4 steps first:
1. Click on the “Friends” tab (below your profile picture, next to “About”)
2. On the right side you find the “pencil”-button next to “Find Friends”
3. Click “Edit privacy”
4. Change your privacy to “Only me”
And that’s it!
From now on, only you can see who’s in your friend list. Strangers, especially potential impostors are now unable to scam your friends and you’re protected from the potential humilation.
Here’s how they use it to scam your friends: They copy your profile completely, and then look up all your friends. Why? Because with their fake clone-profile they send friend requests to all of your friends. They send messages to them IN YOUR NAME and try to rip them off.
How do they do that?
Someone creates a new Facebook account with the same name as yours. They steal your pictures, too. And they forge an exact copy of your account.
After that they go to your real profile and search through their victims’ (that’s you!) friend list and send friend requests to all of their friends. Most of your friends will accept the request – of course they do, they already know you!
After accepting the friend request the scammer sends them a personal message – claiming to be you! Most of the time they ask your friend for their mobile phone number and for the codes they’re sending them. Be careful! These codes are pure money!
With these numbers the scammers are able to debit money from your friends’ mobile phone bill. Just giving your phone number alone does not result in being scammed, fortunately.
Remember: Never give codes sent via SMS to apparent friends on Facebook!
I’ve been scammed. What can I do?
File a report with the police. Since cybercrime gets ever more common, usually the police has a special cybercrime unit.
This scheme is very common, so the police should know about it. But to help them prevent further crimes they need people who report those incidents.