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SCARS™ Scam Basics: Too Many Friends
ANTI-SCAM TIP: TOO MANY FRIENDS
Let’s be real for a second. Adding someone who has thousands of friends to your Facebook friend’s list (or connections on any social media) is like unsafe sex! Any interaction is going to leave you infected.
Because there is no way that they actually know all of these people, so it automatically means they accept friends (or connections) that contact them out of the blue – in other words, they accept almost anyone that comes along!
Being friends (or connected) with them means that not only are you at risk but so are all of YOUR friends and family. Once a scammer worms their way into a network of connections they typically have access to everyone, and they use their “friend of a friend” status to connect with even more people (grooming them to be victims) and you made it possible.
We automatically reject people from our social media groups that have more than 500 friends for these exact reasons.
But Do You?
Do You Look At Each Friend You Accept? Do You Look At Your Current Friends Too?
Go through your Facebook friend’s list (or connections) and see who has more than a hundred friends – see how many some have. Some may have thousands – these are scammer magnets.
Is there any way they really know all of them? Probably not.
You know what you need to do right? You need to tell them that they should cut loose the people that they do not really know. Tell them that they are responsible for every one of the friends if they let a scammer in. And be prepared to cut them loose if they do not clean up. It is up to each and every victim to make sure those around you are practicing safe online connections.
A SCARS Division
Miami Florida U.S.A.
TAGS: Facebook, Friend’s List, Friends of Friends, Connections, Unsafe Online, Unknown Friends, Strangers, Accepting Strangers, Friend Requests,
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FAQ: How Do You Properly Report Scammers?
It is essential that law enforcement knows about scams & scammers, even though there is nothing (in most cases) that they can do.
Always report scams involving money lost or where you received money to:
- Local Police – ask them to take an “informational” police report – say you need it for your insurance
- Your National Police or FBI (www.IC3.gov »)
- The SCARS|CDN™ Cybercriminal Data Network – Worldwide Reporting Network HERE » or on www.Anyscam.com »
This helps your government understand the problem, and allows law enforcement to add scammers on watch lists worldwide.
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