Facebook chat money scam via hacked FB account.

So last night I was on FB and a friend popped up in chat…now really this is a wife of a friend and I would likely have interacted with the husband more…which does say I was a little more curious as to why she popped up to say hey. I quickly surmised it was a person that had hacked her FB account and was trying to scam friends to send money. So I thought I would have a little fun.  Below is the transcript minus the last 10 min of stuff where I was delaying until I saw FB take the account offline.  During those 10min was really trying to make sure the person on the other end had an opportunity to hear the gospel. To report something like this to FB go to https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=420 and report your friend’s account on money scam entry. Provide relevant info and about  10 min after report FB should have the account locked.  It would be worse if they had hacked her actual email as that may have made it harder to keep it sorted.  While this chat was happening I also emailed her husband and called his work and left a message for when he got into the office since it was a bit early and didn’t want to wake them yet.

Anyway here is a partial unformated script. Sorry it doesn’t have who on either side of the conversation is talking.

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9:53pm

hey

are you there?

Yes….why hello

how are you doing?

ok

i am not okay by the moment [first clue something is probably not right…grammar doesn’t match what my friend would use]

what’s up

I’m stranded in London at the moment [ <- At this moment I knew it was a scam. Had receive email of simililar situation from another friend a few months back]

really what happened?

i got mugged at gun point last night

have the police been helpful?

I reported the incident..but no positive response yet

all cash,credit card and phone were stolen

bummer

It was a terrible ordeal

good thing you have insurance

are the twins ok? [to further confirm the deception]

Thank God i still have my life and passport safe

Right now Kent I need your help..

how so?

my return flight leaves in few hours but having
troubles sorting out the hotel bills

Contact our friend nate in London

wondering if you could loan me some few $$ to sort out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport

nate can help you…you don’t need me for that

will def refund it back

I can’t get hold of any one now

why not?

Cos i don’t have access to phone now

how are you talking to me?

all i need now to get our bills settled is 1,350

I’m in a local library

front desk should help you on the phone thing

There are not helping

strange….londoners seemed so helpful when we were there last

Kent i don’t have much time here

are you helping me or not?

of course, I figure you are in a bit of shock and trying to help you think clearly

how can you help me get the money here ?

talk to nate

take a few weeks for a check to make it to you from me

and you would be home by then

I think you can help me have it wired via western union money transfer to my name and present location

western union is closed here.

for the night

It’s the fastest means to get money across

Well they will open in aprox 8 hours.

you can have it done online with your credit cards

You know I don’t use credit cards.

omg!!

I will explain to the hotel manager to please give me some time

good idea

but for the mean time let me give you my western union information on how to get the money to me when the W.U is open

sure fire away

right now I figure the best thing for you is to remember how much God loves you. Has anyone ever told you about how to Know God Personally?

Receivers Name- [name scrubbed]
Location- London,United Kingdom

got it..?

receivers name in london. Is that all they need?

yes

don’t I need to know which wu place or is that all?

No

so no address to give?

there is

here it is

address of 7 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HQ, United Kingdom.

ahhh

back to my question now….about the knowing God part?

yes…I really need to know God

Wait I just realized by the time WU opens up here you should be on a plane heading back. Do you want me to send to the hotel?

No..I’ll reshedule my flight

here is the website that I work with: http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html

how can you reschedule without a credit card?

Can you see that or will it take you away from our chat?

NEVER MIND

never mind what?

Oh yeah

I’ve seen it

what do you think about point 3?

I will check on it as soon as am back home safely

figure this will give you some thing to do while you wait. What time is your flight?

ok

I really owe u alot

but you owe God a lot more…He died for you to set you free

yes..I agree with you

here is my personal email

friendsname51@popular free email site [redacted this line to protect identity]

Email as soon as you’re done with the western union transfer

send me a text mail now

Just sent you one from my address book

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So after got the address and email address contacted FB for the stuff.  Went on here telling them I would be right back after my wife needed me to do something…which she did. And talked a little more about Jesus. They were saying they hadn’t received my email yet…which I didn’t want to send one and expose my email address if they hadn’t already figured it out. So I mentioned that perhaps our corporate servers weren’t working right now….since I used to manage them I know that occasionally like 1-2 times a year they are taken down for some maintenance so it was the first thing I could think of to delay.  They were more irritated that they hadn’t gotten my email yet as the conversation went on and they they went offline and I received an email simultaneously from FB telling me they took action.


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  1. Jimmy

    Good on you Kent for taking the time to not only chat to this person, but also look to share the gospel too. I’m encouraged and trust that God used your chat in his/her mind & heart.

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