Beware of Identity Theft Scams on Facebook

Don’t be so trusting of your new friends on Facebook. Here's why

Identity theft scams are everywhere these days. Because of this, you have to be careful everywhere you go. Even some of your favorite sites like Facebook are not scam proof. Learn the latest and greatest in identity theft tactics .

Facebook identity theft scams

It goes without saying that with 150 million visitors every day, Facebook is one of the most popular sites on the internet. Facebook is so popular because it's fun. You can go there and chat with friends, connect with old friends you haven't seen in years, and maybe most importantly -- meet new friends.

With everybody having such a great time, what's the problem you ask? The problem is that any time a site becomes popular, dishonest people find a way to scam people out of money.

One of the fun things about Facebook is adding new friends to your profile and seeing how many new friends you can get. Scammers know this and they use it to their advantage by scamming you into thinking they are a new friend you can trust.

How does it work?

Scammers ask to be added to your profile as your friend, then they watch you and get some information about you. They then use this information to get to know you and pose as a "true" friend.

When they think they've earned your trust, they begin sending the scam emails. These emails tactics include:

Friend in Distress -- Something bad has happened and they need money quick!

Phishing Friend -- Your new "friend" sends you an email that has a virus attached to it. This virus allows your friend to hack into your Facebook account and get personal information to steal your identity.

Viral Wall Scam -- This email has a virus attached to it that allows your "friend" to get not only your personal information, but the personal information of all of your real friends from your wall when you communicate with them.

The next time you're on Facebook, watch out for new "friends." It's a shame to have to be so suspicious, but when it comes to identity theft scams, it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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