Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

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Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by DesertDiva » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:31 pm

Just got a Facebook Messenger conversation started with a person who I thought was my Aunt Mary... This person started with generalized greetings (how is life treating you), and I wasn't suspicious until a blurb about "the Federal Government grant money." Then I knew it was a hacker. I saw a status saying "Logged in using a phone number from Nigeria. Different from your Facebook friend Mary H".

So I told this person I had a phone call from a friend in Europe and I couldn't talk right now. The hacker said he/she is going to get back to me. Obviously I need to let my aunt know that someone is impersonating her. Any other ideas on how to handle this?


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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by momvesting » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:01 pm

This is NOT my advice, but another guy's way of dealing with a scammer:
https://brandonhadleynow.com/capers/the-housing-heist/

(Warning, it is loooooooooong but oh, so funny)

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by DesertDiva » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:04 pm

LOL... hummus...

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by DesertDiva » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:14 pm

momvesting wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:01 pm
This is NOT my advice, but another guy's way of dealing with a scammer:
https://brandonhadleynow.com/capers/the-housing-heist/

(Warning, it is loooooooooong but oh, so funny)
Ooooh, this is right up my alley too... creative writing! I'm going to study this and get some ideas. I'm going to have lots of fun with this. :twisted:

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by BL » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:08 pm

Facebook seems to have ways to block unwanted persons. Perhaps you can do that or notify FB of the scammer.

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by pondering » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:11 pm

Facebook sometimes blocks/removes people and sometimes it doesn’t
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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by Jack FFR1846 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:27 pm

Ah....I've 419'd scammers in the past. The goals (as I see it) are:

1) Waste their time

2) Get them to spend money

3) Get them to send you money

I've always focused on #2 as it's the least effort and doesn't trigger suspicion quite so quickly with a scammer. With the overpayment, send me the overpayment back scam, where the scammer sends a FedEx with a fake check, I tell them that there was no check in the envelope. They then have to send another FedEx. I can repeat this forever but they tend to stop at 2 attempts and then disappear.
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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by Doctor Rhythm » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:35 pm

Can't you just un-friend/block your Nigerian aunt and be done with it? Trying to bring the scammer down or punish him for trying to deceive you is tempting but also 1) futile, 2) more likely to hurt you than him, and 3) a path that leads to the dark side of the Force.

Don't make this personal. Your ability to hurt him is almost non-existent. His ability to hurt you is considerable.

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by revert » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:50 pm

Report the account (https://www.facebook.com/help/174210519303259), block them, and move on.

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by DesertDiva » Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:53 pm

revert wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:50 pm
Report the account (https://www.facebook.com/help/174210519303259), block them, and move on.
Thanks for the link. I was so wrapped up in the https://brandonhadleynow.com/capers/the-housing-heist/ page, I forgot to check other posts.
Doctor Rhythm wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:35 pm
Can't you just un-friend/block your Nigerian aunt and be done with it? Trying to bring the scammer down or punish him for trying to deceive you is tempting but also 1) futile, 2) more likely to hurt you than him, and 3) a path that leads to the dark side of the Force.

Don't make this personal. Your ability to hurt him is almost non-existent. His ability to hurt you is considerable.
You are very wise. I appreciate the recommendation.

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by Loik098 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:32 pm

Not sure if you use your cellphone for messenger, but on mine, I can just long-finger-press on the message thread and a menu option pops up. The option at the very bottom of the list is "Block."

Also, remember that you do not need to have a Facebook account to use Messenger.

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Re: Getting Facebook Messages from a Scammer - need ideas

Post by audioaxes » Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:09 pm

sometimes I'll play along with a scammer and give them a fake confirmation number in hopes they waste their time going to western union or where-ever to get the money

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