Scammer on Facebook
March 23, 2012 3:48am CST
I got scammed on Facebook today by buying a phone card to call abroad. It just happened that my friend where I always buy a phone card ran out of stocks. So, since I needed it coz it is emergency, I tried going to a page where people buy cellphone loads and cards. I see a lot of people who got fooled or scammed in Facebook but I just wanted to give a try. So I posted on the page that I need to buy a card now to call abroad. After 2 minutes, there are people who sent me messages and asked me if I still needed a phone card. The first one who sent me the message was the one I entertained. She added me and I accepted her as a friend. I gave her my number where she can send the PIN number for the card, and she told me that I have to pay first before she is going to send me the PIN because she is afraid that I will not pay her afterwards. I understand her side and I sent her the payment via Globe GCASH so that I can receive the card right away coz my sister was waiting for me in Canada and wanted to talk to me before she go to bed. So anyway, after giving her the reference number that the payment went through, she told me to wait coz she had to check it and wanted to make sure if I really sent the payment, and after that, she said it is confirmed and wait for the PIN. Less than 1 minute, she BLOCKED me on Facebook! I got so angry coz I really needed to call my sister! I know the money is not big, but these people shouldn't cheat! Why there are people who doesn't have conscience?
25 Mar 12
I am really sorry to hear this, but, I am sure that by the time you are trying to buy that phone card, you already understand the risk.. I wish this discussion can be an extra lesson for us all - so we can be more careful later on. I know that the scammers had done the bad things. But it's actually hard to catch all the scammers. So, it's our responsibility to be more careful.. Better don't easily trust anyone online, especially if it is related with your own money..
27 Mar 12
Meanwhile, perhaps you can do something to give that scammer a lesson? Harsh way, if you know his name, you may try to report it to police, or if you don't know, you may try to write a review/report about that scammer in your blog or such; to spread the awareness?
27 Mar 12
I tried to send her a text message but she never respond, and even called her and she never picked up. LOL I reported her at the other fan page where I found her and got the print screen of our conversations and the admin posted it on the wall. :D I hope other people will be aware of that person. But, they are very slick you know. They can use many different accounts.
23 Mar 12
Most of the time, being trustful can lead to disappointment. Glad it's just a penny you had lost and not more than anything you can't afford to lose. But of course, you won't allow more than that. As you said, you just tried it. No trying next time okay?! Now you knew that there's really many bad people hanging not only in the web, but in all places we least expected, waiting for another victim to catch. So better be careful next time. It's not bad to trust someone, but put limitations. So far, I'm not yet scammed in the internet. Well, I appreciate your posting for future reference *wink! But I scammed face to face. That was 10 years ago. I invested in a box of cellcard, together with my officemates, including some managers, with a weekly earnings of P750 for investing in 1 box worth P7500. It runs, I think over a year when the founder left us hanging. Glad I got my investment in nearly doubled before she got away. After a year, the operator caught by the authorities and now in jail. Court proceedings were still on the go until now, but I'm not active in showing up in the court. And I think, many of my colleagues who invested there given-up that they can still get back their money. Some of our managers were still fighting for they invested millions of peso. Pity them *sigh!
23 Mar 12
Yes, I am glad that I only lost a penny, but it made me angry that I couldn't be able to talk to my sister anymore coz that was the only money left on my Gcash account. Oh well, it was my luck! hehehehehehe Yes, I will not going to try anymore unless I know the person. And about your situation of being scammed face to face, I am glad that he is now in jail. I believe in Karma. :-)
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25 Mar 12
I would not consider broadcasting on Facebook that I wanted to buy something. It leaves you too open to fraud. Also I would not send a payment through a cash transfer because again it could be a problem. Using a credit card is better because you can complain to the card company and get your money back. The seller would need an account with the card company and would have to be legit. Paypal would also be a good way to pay because the would reimburse you and cancel the person's account.
24 Mar 12
I could say there are people who intentionally scams other people through facebook while others are doing legit work. Facebook is free, with this, businessmen and scammers will grab the opportunity to capitalize the people using it. As we know, almost all people is using facebook. We just need to screen out well which is legit and which is not. Hopefully, they will be reported so that they can't have other victims.
23 Mar 12
Well I's better not to trust people on facebook except if it's a page about a company or something (like a product page or something) I've seen a friend of mine being massively messaged cause of going good on a facebook game. If some people just try to scam people on facebook game imagine what happens if it is for real money. ;)
24 Mar 12
I do not know why some people have no conscience. I know you are so clever and warm to detect the cheating. some things who want to cheat maybe is to earn money ,they use nothing to gain substance. Maybe they need things much. The ambition is different ,who is ambition to be president may will not cheat , if he devote on respossible to public as he can. Another ambition to be successful like to lead good life then cheat others let himself rich quickly. Ambition is needed like confidence. The facebook communicate people all around the world ,any people can do business on facebook. The world thing everybody's obligation ,we grasp the whole planet to disapeared the cheaters.
23 Mar 12
Yes unluckly there are many scammers around the net and even for few amount of money they try to cheat other members...normally if you want buy online you should give your trust to popular online shop where this possibility is reduced than single retailer on social network as facebook..in reality in social network there are many scammers because they can reach many people in few time and so cheat everybody!!
23 Mar 12
We are always exposed to scams and what we need is a lot of diligence in order not to become a victim. I have not been scammed on Facebook since I am not particularly active but I have been a victim of a scam on one site which I no longer want to mention since it is not their fault. The person who scammed me was supposedly a British national which I doubt because of the wrong English and grammatical errors on his emails. We started a correspondence and before Christmas he called me up that he has sent a package for my Christmas gift. On the day the gift was supposed to arrive, I received a call from the forwarding company asking me to pay penalties of more than $1000 due to the perfume and currency inside the box of which I was unaware of. Luckily, I asked my friend to do some checking and we found out a site where victims of this scam shared their experiences. However, even if we did not find the website, I could not send that amount because I don't have a thousand dollars. On the internet we are exposed to different scams which we should publish in order that others will be aware and they can make steps to avoid it. I have posted a previous discussion regarding this scam. Beware and do not be a victim since different kinds of fraud and scams are perpetuated everyday.