WARNING: This Facebook friend request nearly cost a woman thousands

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PIEDMONT, NC - A North Carolina woman said she almost fell victim to a $2,000 scam on Facebook and is now warning others.

It all started when Cheryl Albrecht, a nutrition director at Randolph County Senior Adults Association, received a friend request from an elderly woman she knew.

The woman claimed to have been awarded money from the federal government.

"She had seen my name on the winners list as well and wanted to know if I’d gotten my money," Albrecht said.

All Albrecht had to do was send a Facebook friend request to man she'd never met, who supposedly would fill her in on how to get the cash.

So she did and the man asked Albrecht for personal information like where she lived, whether she was married and then asked her to send him $2,000 to claim her prize.

Knowing it was too good to be true at that point, she did not send the money. But it didn't stop there.

"He still hounded me,” she said. “Literally, ‘Do you want your money? Do you want your money?’”

Albrecht learned the original friend request came from a bogus Facebook profile an imposter claiming to be someone she knew.

Then, a couple of weeks later Albrecht said it happened again.

This time it was supposedly money being awarded through a Facebook lottery.

The man even sent over this certificate as proof.

The Better Business Bureau suspects the Facebook lottery scam is being used to deliver malware onto computers and get your personal information.

The BBB says warning signs include being messaged out of the blue being asked to click on links and demands of confidentiality.

A few of the Facebook accounts that have contacted Albrecht have already been deleted or flagged.

Albrecht said her close call should be a warning to others.

"That’s my concern; I didn't want any more of my former seniors or my current seniors to be finagled out of their hard-earned money," she said.

Source: WGHP

13 comments

  • Adele

    I had the same problem quite a few months ago I just privet messaged the bloke and he asked for my address to send the money to but u had to give him money 1st so I just blocked both of them

  • Tracy Ruble

    I had the same thing happen to me also but the gentleman had on his profile that he worked for the government.

  • Denise

    I got a couple of private messages from one of my FB friends but the way it was worded I knew it didn’t actually come from her. I did check out the page of the person that was talked about in the message but it all looked really hinky so I just deleted the messages and that was that.

  • penny

    I’ve had several people posing as military, getting attached way too quickly, then ask for money 6 of them in fact. I told every one of them I can tell your foreign, blow it out your butt. And blocked them.

  • Lindy Farr Spinks

    When I get a friend request from someone that I know I am already friends with, that is your first sign something is going one. I always go ahead and accept it. Then when they send me a message asking if I have gotten my money, I tell the yes I got it yesterday and I that I got a million, they don’t know what to say. Then when they ask if I want more, I tell them NO, Sometimes I play with their head when they have hacked an account of someone that I know. I ask them don’t I know you from somewhere> They always say yes but do not know how we know each other. Some times I tell them I work for the FBI and their house is surrounded . THEN I tell them they need to delete the page they have created that I know it is not them. I NEVER ever give them any person info. DO NOT recommend that anyone do this. JUST my way of handling them. NEVER EVER SHOULD YOU GIVE MONEY TO ANYONE UNLESS IT WAS YOUR IDEA IN THE FIRST PLACE

  • Cole Nocks

    So it would seem that the YEARS OLD tradition of email scams has finally reached Facebook ?
    Why not exercise the same caution as we do with email scammers ? There is NEVER any reason to send money to ANYONE in order to claim an alleged “prize”. Best advise: IGNORE them.. Too good to be true ? Probably is… My reaction to persistent “award” messages is to profess GREAT appreciation, and then suggest they take the necessary “fees” out of the “winnings”.and even offer them an ADDITIONAL sum to share your good fortune.. just as you would the dealer at the black jack table..Then watch how quickly the messages stop :).

  • Gerald

    Anyone you don’t know, who tries to sucker you in with a big payout if you send some kind of handling fee, is 100 percent bogus. I had a friend who almost fell pray to that, fortunately, she asked me before paying, and I was able to avert a big mistake. [

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