Facebook ‘friends’ not immune from scams

Ted Hubert

Facebook is a powerful social utility that connects family and friends. Some surf its sites religiously every day others only occasionally, but most people are registered and participate in the social activity.

It is fun, entertaining, informative and an excel- lent way to keep in touch.

There are some negatives connected with giving personal information and having friends listed on the Internet.

Con artists are figuring ways to gain profit from victims selected in what is thought to be a safe area to surf. We are most vulnerable when we are feeling safe and secure. These are the times when our guard is dropped and criminals hit their mark.

What would you think if a friend called you and asked where to send the $3,000? This happened to Jerry Caywood and he had no idea what the friend was asking or why, but he took action and found out how his identity was stolen on Facebook.

This could happen to anyone registered on Facebook.

Jerry Caywood graduated from Rockdale High School and has many friends in Milam County.

His Facebook account was not hacked, but someone did copy his picture and personal information to open another Facebook account with the same list of friends.

The con artist contacted people on the list and informed them of a government program that would pay $150,000.

The “requirements” are simple. You apply for these funds and wire via Western Union $3,000 and the money would be released to you. It seems like an easy way to gain $147,000.

This scam is now in the hands of the FBI. Facebook is also investigating its accounts and will delete the duplicated account within 20 days from the day it is found.

Why would it take that long to correct this wrong? Computers are super fast. Just hit delete

Those of you who are Facebook friends with Jerry, please ignore any request for money from him or any opportunities from the federal government to give money to those that apply.

A ny such c or re spondenc e should be considered a scam and reported. You can go online to:

Scams-Exposed or to:

A partnership among FBI, The National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are entities in the IC3.

MEETING—This is Crime Prevention Month.

Citizens National Bank will present the program for the Milam County TRIAD general Membership meeting Thursday in the Yoe High Performing Arts Center. Refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7.

Pat Foster’s power-point presentation will focus on identity theft.

The MCT’s job is to bring quality programs for our citizens each year. It is your job to fill the seats.

The meeting is open to everyone.

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