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#333633 - 06/13/10 02:04 PM Beware Facebook Scams
FormerTexan Offline

Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 12126
Loc: Denver, CO
A while back I encountered a stranger wanting to be friends on Facebook. She was a pretty stranger too. How could I refuse someone so pretty?

She said she is deaf and was part of something called the "Deaf Empowerment" program. Being a past interpreter for the deaf and having had several deaf friends, I was interested in knowing more. She said she wanted to send me a package in the mail and needed my address. I said, okay, what can this hurt? It's probably a promo package with brochures, fliers, a bumper sticker, etc. After sharing my address, she explained what was in the package: two Dell laptops and $20,000.

What?!? A big red flag just swooped down and knocked me in the forehead.

I wrote back explaining this was highly unusual, and asked what this was for. I shared this with a coworker, and he explained to me that someone could very likely be using me for a drop point for drugs. Wonderful. He went on to explain how someone once signed for a package similarly, then was confronted by someone with a firearm asking for the package.

My "friend" on Facebook also explained that there was a delivery fee and that I would have to sign for the package. Oooo-kay. Red flags are now waving all over the place. I wrote back saying I would not paying any delivery fee. I wrote back a few minutes later saying I would not be signing for anything. The last thing I need is to have my name on the delivery of contraband. Plus, I like having a pulse. Why risk such a good thing?

I never heard from her again after notifying her of my change of mind. And that's fine.

I looked up the "Deaf Empowerment" website on her info page. This site looked like something a squatter set up at the last minute in an attempt to appear legit.

This morning I received a FB message about how I was picked for the deaf lottery and won 350K. How nice!

Beware FB scams.


Money talks, but all it tells me is goodbye.

If I could meet myself as a boy...

#333673 - 06/14/10 12:30 AM Re: Beware Facebook Scams [Re: FormerTexan]
Geeders Offline

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 1901
Loc: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Remember your friends....just in case grin

My name is Jim
WoR Mysthaven 2008, Level 2 WoR Alta 2009, Kirkridge 2010, 2011, Oprah 200 men

#333676 - 06/14/10 12:42 AM Re: Beware Facebook Scams [Re: Geeders]
kidneythis Offline

Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 1558
If they call to ask you for a service fee to send you the money tell em to take it out of the winnings.

Some people fall for this crap, pretty girls and or money are often the bait.

As Mark Twain once quipped, history may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme.


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