Scammers can impersonate your friends online

SPOT A copycat scam. YOU KNOW, IT’S GOOD TO HAVE FRIENDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, BUT SOMETIMES THOSE FRIENDS ARE NOT FRIENDS. THEY ARE HACKERS WHO HAVE HICKJAED IN YOUR FRIEND’S ACCOUNT AND THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR TRUST. IDENTITY THEFT SCAMS ARE REPORTED TO TEAM 8 ON YOUR SIDE ALL THE TIME. HERE’S HOW THEY WORK S ACAMMER GETS CUSTOMIZED BY ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS ONLINE AFTER THEY HACKED INTO THEIR ACCOUNT AND SENT YOU A MESSAGE. THEY WOULD HAVE SEEN YOUR NAME ON A LIST OF PEOPLE WHO MAY OUE WORKERS COMPENSATION, A FEDERAL GRANT OR SOME OTHER KIND OF FINANCIAL DAMAGE. THEY ALSO PROVIDE THE PHONE NUMBER OF A PERSON WHO CAN HELP YOU. YOU COLLECT ALL THIS MONEY. YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE WELL YOU THINK THE INFORMATION COMES FROM A TRUSTED FRIEND SO YOU MAKE THE CALL THE AGENT IS RINGING PROFESSIONAL THEY CAN CLAIM HAVING AN OFFICIAL TITLE SUCH AS WORKERS COMPENSATION CALLS A BRDOA MEMBER OR MAYBE A REALLY OFFICIAL FEDERAL TREASURY RESERVE OFFICIAL. HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING THE MONEY, YOU ARE ASKED TO PAY SHIPPING COSTS UP FRONT. REMEMBER I TOLD YOU BEFORE YOU NEVER HAVE TO PAY MONEY TO GET MONEY AND IF YOU APPROACH WITH A SCAM LIKE THIS CONTACT YOUR FRIEND DIRECTLY. WITH A PHONE CALL, DO NOT GO TO SOCIAL MEDIA, WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN HACKED BY THIS SCAMPER. REMEMBER THAT IF YOU CAN SPOT A SCAM, YOU CAN STOP A SCAM. I B

Identity theft scams are common on social media

Scammers use social media to get your money, personal information, or access your account. It’s good to have friends on social media, but sometimes those friends aren’t friends. They are hackers who have hacked into your friend’s account and they are trying to take advantage of your trust. Identity theft scams are constantly reported to the 8 On Your Side team. How it works a friend of yours online after they’ve accessed the account and sends you a message. They would have seen your name on a list of people who are owed workers’ compensation, a federal grant, or some other type financial windfall. They also provide the phone number of a person who can help you collect the money. You think the information is from a trusted friend, so you make the call. The supposed agent looks professional. They may claim to have an official title, such as “workers’ compensation appeal board member” or “federal treasury reserve officer.” However, when it comes to getting cash, you are asked to pay delivery charges up front. Remember, you never have to pay to get cash. If you are approached with a scam like this, contact your friend directly through a phone call. Do not go through social networks, which may have been hacked by the scammer.

Scammers use social media to get your money, personal information or access your account.

It’s good to have friends on social media, but sometimes those friends aren’t friends. They are hackers who have hacked into your friend’s account and they are trying to take advantage of your trust.

Impersonation scams are constantly reported to the 8 On Your Side team.

How it works

A scammer pretends to be one of your online friends after accessing the account and sends you a message.

They would have seen your name on a list of people who are owed workers’ compensation, a federal grant, or some other type of financial windfall.

They also provide the phone number of someone who can help you collect the money.

You think the information is from a trusted friend, so you make the call.

The supposed agent looks professional. They may claim to have an official-sounding title, such as “workers’ compensation appeal board member” or “federal treasury reserve officer.”

However, when it comes to getting cash, you are asked to pay delivery charges up front.

Remember that you never have to pay to get money.

If you are approached with a scam like this, contact your friend directly through a phone call.

Do not go through social networks, which may have been hijacked by the scammer.

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