Fake profiles are a huge problem for users of social media. Sometimes they are operated by people who want to avoid being bothered by people they know – but most often fake profiles are used by scammers whose purpose is to steal from us… our money, our identities – and the money and identities of our friends too, because they worm their way in to connect with “mutual friends”.
I made a special photo album on Resilience 101’s Facebook page to demonstrate how many times one individual can be targeted. Of course it is not exhaustive. To start with, today I uploaded about 1/4 of the approaches I’ve had since September 23, 2018. From now on, I will post all of them.
It will include approaches made via Facebook, Instagram and text message. (I’ve no idea how my mobile phone number got out into the realm of scammers, but it did.)
Scams are not harmless.
Scammers are continually finding new ways to con us, and it’s very, very important to talk openly about it. The ratings and reviews I use in the posts are for humor, but I do not intend to make light of the subject matter at all.
Click here to check out the album.
Please add your stories in the comments too. If you have been approached by someone using the same photo, please do include it.
Stay safe online,