On a scale of one to five, five being the most gullible, I’m probably a 4.8. Using the same scale for greediness, I almost graduated magna cum laude. Thank goodness Vince stopped me. Last night I almost
won fell for the idea of winning $100,000.
First I received a friend request from someone I have trusted for years. I thought we were already friends, but I had my mind on other things and I accepted his request. Then I got a text from him saying that he had won $100,000 from Facebook, as did several of his friends. He told me my name was on the list of winners, too, and asked if had I heard anything yet. He gave me a link to follow to someone else’s website, and asked me to email him. I was
greedy naive, and did both. Then I told Vince.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not good at reading newspapers. Did I just say that? I know, I’m a history-social studies person, and I should be the most knowledgeable in the state, but I figure if it’s newsy enough someone will tell me about it. That method has worked pretty well until now. I just figured that Bill, my trusted friend and mentor for many years, knew something I didn’t. Instead, Brilliant Bill had been hacked. Vince helped me get back on the right track by taking the following steps.
- DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION. That was what alerted me, and when I told Vince. I ALMOST fell for this because the friend was someone I trusted implicitly.
- Phone the friend. That put an immediate end to the process, because he told me he wasn’t chatting with me. If you don’t phone, ask personal questions of the hacked friend. I hadn’t done that. I checked the FB account, but that wasn’t enough. It looked authentic at first glance.
- Unfriend the hacker, and report the abuse.
- Change your passwords.
So far I haven’t had any adverse affects, but if you get a Facebook message from me telling you that you won money, don’t believe it. 🙂