DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As we learn more about social media, we have found it’s not always as friendly as we think.
We recently found out about fraud on a very popular site.
Most of us have at least some dealings with Facebook and listing the number of friends has become a competition among some of the faithful.
One local woman says she was taken advantage of. It all started with what is familiar to most of us.
“I had gotten a request to confirm a friend.”
The friend request was made through the social media giant, Facebook.
“The next thing I knew, a message came up with her picture and she said she knew we had been struggling a little bit,” said the victim.
The so called friend told her about a plan to get money, but she had to send money for administrative costs that was going to amount to $4,000.
The victim, Debbie, said she and her husband didn’t have that amount, so she sent a total of $1,700 through Western Union. By the time she became suspicious, and finally talked to her real friend, she realized he was taken.
John North of the Better Business Bureau says this is not new, but he has a warning.
“We recommend you don’t confirm someone on Facebook that you are not familiar with or even a casual acquaintance.”
The advice came too late for the Dayton couple. “We had to borrow money for rent. It’s sad. I feel foolish.”