Facebook is a popular social media platform used by many to connect with friends and family. However, some scammers and hackers use the social network to commit crimes.
Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker warns Facebook users to be aware of these hackers and scammers. After an investigation by the Sheriff, it was verified hackers are sending messages from popular profiles with scams.
For example, you might receive a message from a friend over Facebook Messenger, but it’s a scammer who has hacked into your friend’s account. The message from your “friend” may contain a link to a site or information about a grant that looks legitimate.
When the victim communicates with the scammers, they are asked to give money, gift cards, and/or personal information.
“Please do your research. Call your friend and ask if they sent you a Facebook message or a new friend request,” Sheriff McVicker stated.
Other tips are as follows:
Do not send money or gift cards to someone using Facebook as the only form of communication.
Do not share personal information.
Remember, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is fake. Do not fall for scams—contact law enforcement.
Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960.