When a long-lost friend contacts you via Facebook Messenger, you need to stop and make sure they really are your friend and not a fraudster in disguise who hopes to get you to send them personal information or possibly money.
“Hi, it’s your uncle Bob. I just wanted to tell you there’s this new government grant that you can get more information about, just text me your number and we’ll talk to you about it.”
If you get contacted by someone via Facebook Messenger, whether you know them or not, and they immediately want you to text or email them, and they ask for money or personal information – you’re dealing with a fraudster.
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Fraudsters are now sending emails designed to look like they’ve been sent from FedEx, UPS, DHL or the U.S. Postal Service.
The messages say a package is on its way, and you just need to click on the link or open the attachment to find out more and set up your delivery preferences. These bogus messages even have bogus tracking numbers. With so much online shopping going on right now, this is the perfect scam.
If you click on the link or open the attachment, you could put malware on your mobile device or computer, or you could be taken to a site that tricks you into giving away financial or sensitive personal information.