Can you get scammed and lose money when you rely on social network sites to connect with friends ? Unfortunately the answer is yes.
A few weeks ago, my friend Beny stepped up to help one of his friends, Bryan, who was robbed at gunpoint in a foreign country.
We've all heard about friends getting in trouble during a trip, but what was new here was the fact that the distress call and help request came via Facebook status updates and instant messages.
As it turns out, the distress call was fraudulent and my friend ended up wiring a total of $1,143 to some fraudster account in England.
How could this happen ? Somehow, a fraudster got a hold of Bryan's Facebook username and password, studied his profile and started to reach out to his friends with the harrowing news and the request for help. The fraudsters were able to sound legitimate when instant messaging to Beny as they casually dropped bits and pieces of personal information that only Brian would know....