Scammers suck

@dawnald (84146)
Shingle Springs, California
February 10, 2013 7:13pm CST
One of my friends had several of her e-mail accounts hacked. And then this morning somebody set up an account that looked just like my Aunt Rita's, sent friend requests to everybody and started hitting people up for money. I just happened to see something my Aunt Sylvia posted, so I didn't accept the request. I've been monitoring that account all day, and whenever anybody new comes on their friend list, I message them and let them know what's going on. Aunt Rita has reported it to Facebook. What a pain. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of all scammers like this. Grrrrr...
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• United States
11 Feb 13
I updated the password to all email accounts but how many emails did you receive? I only saw the one email in my gmail account. I took advantage and changed my passwords for many websites because the password matched with several others. It's definitely a pain in the a$$. The worst part is that the password was so unique and it was the last name of someone I love. How the hell would someone get it really surprises me this time. Yahoo doesn't have anything important but my Gmail does. I use the documents section for stuff like my resume.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
I don't know, either 3 or 4, and I replied back that you'd been hacked. Didn't think of texting. 20/20 hindsight.
• United States
11 Feb 13
Email me back when you have time which email addresses you have that emailed you.
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• United States
11 Feb 13
If one of them is from an email address I didn't remember, I may be able to get in and close the account.
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
11 Feb 13
That does suck! Hope they get it straightened out.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
She has reported it to Facebook. As of this morning it was still there though.
• United States
11 Feb 13
Ugh! Wake up Facebook and deal with your problems! Kind of scary how something like this can happen.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
I keep seeing new people on their friends list, and I message them....
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 13
and all other hairy parts too....... How awful - glad that you played Sherlock again with great success
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
My Aunt Rita is the nicest, sweetest person on the planet, and it's just beyond annoying that somebody would use her face and name to run a scam.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 13
I have received emails asking for money but so obviously a scam and you know that I am not observant at all. But sometimes - this scam thing sounds really scary and apart from that it is so intrusive
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Yeah, and sadly some people do fall for it.
@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Feb 13
I so agree. SOmething needs to be done about scammers and viruses. I hate them both. I get those emails that are from friends email address but just have in the message some abscure link. I usually email my friend and tell them so they can change their password. I had this one guy I was friendly with online for awhile a couple years ago and he got one of these from my email address. He emailed me all mad and really uptight about the whole thing. I tried very hard to explain it to him but he was like an air head and just didn't get it. We aren't friends any longer but it was sure frustrating. He turned out to be such a jerk but that's another story.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Happens to pretty much everybody including me. Annoying...
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@celticeagle (119872)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Feb 13
If it weren't for such things it would just be something else. Ugh!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Feb 13
May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the armpits of all scammers like this. Grrrrr... Hey! I think I've seen you utter(write) this curse before! Somewhere out there, there is a guy or a girl flapping his or her arms because the 'ticklish' feeling on the armpit is a bit too much!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
More than once, and I hope so.
@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
12 Feb 13
Oh yeah i hate scammers, and i hate that they are just doing this for the sake of what? money, to make people be uncomfortable? why dont they just live and let live.. why bother others and why not lead a decent life and try to do this. ha... It is really dangerous that we all have to make sure not to have exposed everything over the internet that everyone's identity maybe stolen like this. always be careful... and when you are using your phone, or laptop be sure that no one else will have access to your accounts.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
Yeah, it's a huge pain, and can be really damaging too...
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
11 Feb 13
It irritates the life out of me that these scammers don't get their come uppance or don't seem to get caught and punished, I guess they see the net as easy pickings and there are no deterrants in place. Seems no matter how much security you put in place they will always find a way. Here's hoping your curse gets to them my friend, but I think you are being a bit too lenient LOL.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Feb 13
I suppose I could send lice too...
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
11 Feb 13
It does suck....you would think that someone with that much intelligence to make up a fake account just to ask people for money could get a real job and make real money....just like those who come up with these viruses...come on...get a real job and quit making everyone miserable.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
You would think
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
11 Feb 13
That SUCKS!!! I've often wondered why anyone would pretend to be someone else in facebook but, like my sons have both said, I'm extremely gullible. I'm thinking we should all let all of our friends know beforehand that we only have the one account and will let them know in private if we're switching. I was actually thinking of putting a specific word or keystroke somewhere in all of my postings to let everyone know that it is really ME and not a scammer. I'm glad that you figured this out early and hope that facebook not only deletes that fake account but also prosecutes that pathetic fraud. Do you know if they do? I wonder if your aunt would be able to prosecute. Hmmm....
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
They want you to think they're somebody you trust. Much easier to scam you that way.
@vandana7 (67684)
• India
11 Feb 13
I hate facebook...lol
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
it could happen on pretty much any social site though
@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
11 Feb 13
omg, I cant believe people think about those things. Do they sit at their pcs all day, and figure out how to scam us? Very sad. Have a great week there Dawn...
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
yeah, they probably do
@BarBaraPrz (20778)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Feb 13
And what will FB do about it?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Most likely they will verify things, and then delete the duplicate account.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
11 Feb 13
damn thats a shame hope she gets it all worked out
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Me too, meanwhile I'm still monitoring...
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
11 Feb 13
Well, unfortunately the phenomenon of scamm on the Internet to steal money, now more than ever, it is a reality! We must pay close attention to every email that we receive, including attachments to, and especially to people on Facebook who would like our friendship to us and instead are just strangers. I'm sorry to conclude by saying that today you can not really trust anybody anymore!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
True. Can you send me all your money?
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
11 Feb 13
People suck! Good for you looking out for her and letting people know of the scam before anyone gave her money!!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
I don't think any of my family are stupid enough to send money, but I guess you never know.
• United States
11 Feb 13
I had an email address hacked once, but I changed my Facebook password and deleted all the spam posts, I haven't had a problem since then.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
I don't use the same passwords for e-mail and Facebook, etc., maybe that's why I rarely have problems.
@LaDeBoheme (1992)
• United States
11 Feb 13
I have gotten e-mails from friends who have had their address book hacked. Usually it's been harmless spam and I always alert the hackee(?) -- person who's been hacked -- to the junk going out in their name. I'd laugh at anybody e-mailing me for money anyway -- real or scammer. If you need money, you'd better call me or talk to me face-to-face. And thanks, you have just given me another reason why I don't nor have any future plans to do Facebook.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
I'm no big fan of facebook, but it's useful for keeping in touch with far off relatives.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
11 Feb 13
On the other hand, someone hacked one of the roomie's alternate accounts that she uses to spy on certain groups. She had her old hard drive do a "melt down" last summer and couldn't remember how she had it configured, but when it wrote her yesterday, she was able to recover it, change the pass word and get back on it.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Oho,a spying account. lol
@FrugalMommy (1447)
• United States
11 Feb 13
And may their paths be forever paved with Legos, with no shoes in sight for them. Hopefully Facebook will shut down the scammer before much longer. It's a shame that it works enough of the time for them to find it worthwhile.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
Yes, yes and yes!!!
@allknowing (69483)
• India
11 Feb 13
That is a super curse! I must remember to use it whenever anyone takes me for a ride! I too get some requests from strangers. I simply ignore them but getting one from a known person which turns out to be a scam never heard of such a thing. Hand it to them dawnald. Scammers are smart!
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 13
unfortunately... stupid scammers...