A MAN has warned about a nasty Facebook Messenger scam trying to rip users out of their money.
TikTok star @marthreenez1 recently shared screenshots of a conversation on the platform between himself and a scammer.
He says the profile of a Facebook friend named Tiffany was hijacked by hackers, who then sent him a message impersonating his girlfriend.
This is a common tactic used by crooks to gain your trust. They hack profiles with username and password combinations that have been leaked online.
The crook offered to send marthreenez1 some money via popular mobile payment service Cash App.
“This scammer hacked this girl’s profile and sent me a message saying ‘What’s your Cash App Tag,'” he says in the March 3 video.
Suspecting a scammer behind the messages, the TikTok star gave them a fake cash app tag for a transfer.
The scammer then informed him that he would have to pay a “release fee” before receiving his money.
These fees ranged from $100 for a $1,200 withdrawal to a $1,000 fee for a $10,800 refund.
“It’s very real and genuine,” the scammer wrote.
Then they sent what appeared to be manipulated screenshots of other people receiving cash from the hacked account.
Of course, the scammers were just trying to trick the TikToker into sending them cash and wouldn’t have sent anything the other way.
Luckily he didn’t fall for their ruse and didn’t send them any money.
Scam message attacks are carried out by cyber gangs through unsolicited messages sent to thousands of people every day.
The techniques they employ are constantly changing, but generally involve the use of social engineering to trick victims.
Recently, crooks have started impersonating family members, falsely claiming that they need money to get out of a difficult situation.
If you receive a message that you think is fraudulent, do not reply to the sender.
You can report suspected fraud by tapping and holding a message and clicking Report from the drop-down menu.
If you think you have been the victim of a scam, you should contact your bank immediately to stop all outgoing payments.
You should also ask your bank to look into a possible refund.
If you shared a password for an online account, call the organization and have the account suspended. You may be able to re-enable it at a later date.
In the UK you can report a suspected fraudulent email to the National Cyber Security Centre.
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