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.
are you there?
how are you doing?
i am not okay by the moment [first clue something is probably not right…grammar doesn’t match what my friend would use]
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
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..
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
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.
I will explain to the hotel manager to please give me some time
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
receivers name in london. Is that all they need?
don’t I need to know which wu place or is that all?
so no address to give?
here it is
address of 7 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HQ, United Kingdom.
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 what?
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?
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
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.