(Update: Facebook response below.) In the meantime, a friendly reminder to be skeptical on the Internet, even when you think you're talking to someone you've known for years. Calvin: yes i came here for a vacation Calvin: on my process coming back home i was robbed inside the hotel i loged in Evan: ok so what do you need Calvin: can you loan me 0 to get a return ticket back home and pay my hotel bills Evan: i think so.that really sucks Calvin: can you loam me now Evan: well maybe i don't know that's a lot of $ Calvin: how can you loan me?In it, a scammer takes over one of his real-world friend's accounts ("Calvin"), pretends to be stranded in London, and asks for money to get a plane ticket and pay hotel bills.We've asked Facebook about how common these types of scams are -- one made the rounds last November -- and what they do about them. Calvin: i need your help urgently Evan: yes sir Calvin: am stuck here in london Evan: stuck?The Nigerian Advance Fee Scam has been around for quite awhile, but despite many warnings, continues to draw in many victims.
Scams known as 419 for the statute outlawing them promise the victims riches and romance.Facebook is arguably one of the safer corners of the Internet, with fairly complex security and privacy controls.But when passwords get busted, even on Facebook, not everyone is whom they're pretending to be.These scam artists meet unsuspecting women (and also men) on dating sites.They know exactly what to say to make the victim fall in love with them and trust them completely.When you get a reply, its 70% sure that youll get the money, a former scammer says.