Even during the holidays, online scammers continue their “work.” The ones who use a Facebook friend’s identity to try to get at your personal information.
I had the following Facebook message conversation right around Thanksgiving Day. Here’s how it went.
Scammer: Hello … How are you doing?
Me: Hi … How are you? How’s Bill?
Scammer: We are doing great we cannot complain
Scammer: How is your family?
Me: Good. Desi got almost a hundred likes on Facebook.
Scammer: Good to hear from you.
Me: I mean a hundred likes for a cat. That’s really something.
Me: Some on Twitter, too.
Me: Are you on Twitter?
Me: I am. I’m on Instagram, too. But I don’t use it much.
Scammer: OK … Have you heard about the government grant program?
Me: Well, there are a lot of government grant programs, I suppose.
Scammer: This is specifically program for those who need assistance paying for bills, buying a home, starting their own business, going to school or even helping raise children with old and retired people and disabled.
Me: react-text: 371 I was on /react-text match react-text: 374 once. But I quit it. It got to be too expensive. /react-text
Me: Really, how is Bill? I heard you threw him out of the house.
Scammer: No … This new program was established by the federal government with the conjunction of World Bank to helps people in the society to meet up their needs
Me: Yeah, but what about Bill? I know he likes the ladies. But he’s been a good provider. Right?
Scammer: Not really dear … I got $100,000 delivered to me when i apply for the grant, and you don’t have to pay it back, you can also apply, too.
Me: You sound funny. Have you been drinking again?
Scammer: LOL … I’m damn serious.
Me: Have you heard of Attorney Milton Delores Anne?
Me: Such language.
Me: Have you? Been drinking?
Scammer: No … Have you heard about the attorney ?
Me: Don’t get testy. No, I have not heard about the attorney, but I’ve been very busy what with this infestation of bed bugs and all that I’ve been dealing with.
Scammer: She is the one who help me get the grant money. She is a good and honest woman. I will give you her and private text number so that you can apply as well.
Me: Do you know how to get rid of bed bugs? You should see my back side!
Scammer: This is her private text number 202 xxx-xxxx you just have to text her you want to apply for grant.
Me: What grant?
Me: You know, you really should probably see a doctor. It’s like English isn’t what it used to be. You’re not using your participles correctly or whatever they’re called.
Me: You still there?
Me: Are you?