Facebook Imposter Scam Tries to Take Friends' Information

Published 12/28 2013 06:16PM

Updated 01/20 2014 11:30AM

If you recently received a friend request from someone you thought you were already Facebook friends with, you may be right.

It's all part of the Facebook imposter scam.

The scam has been around for awhile but scammers were mostly targeting celebrities.

Now they will take your profile picture, some of your hobbies and add your friends, posing as you so they can steal information.

“If you have a friend suggesting that you click on a link or asking that you like something, you usually trust your friend a little more than if it was just a stranger sending you information,” says Better Business Bureue of North Central Texas President Monica Horton.

If you do click on a link from an imposter, you could get a computer virus or your email could get hacked... leading to loss of financial records.

Scammers also try to get money from your friends by telling them you are stranded and need cash wired to you.

For more tips on avoiding this and other scams visit the BBB website.

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