I was contacted through facebook by someone who had hacked a friend's account and offered a federal grant. I completed the information requested and was told that I needed to send money to get a grant. I would not do it but they have personal information.
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Jan 23, 2016
Monetary Loss: $0
Someone with the name Abba Dau Umer message me on Facebook saying hi so I was trying to be polite enough so I replied saying hi. The individual later replied saying to email her to her personal email address that was provided in order to communicate with her because she is hardly on Facebook. However I was curious so I replied to the original message on Facebook saying do you know me, she replied saying email me so I can explain. I am very aware of fake accounts and scamming so out of curiosity I went ahead and email this person from an old email address that I had. I said hi what's good, the individual then replied the next day with a long story about she losing her family and she being a refugee in a camp in Dakar Senegal and she needs help to survive. I quickly caught up to the missed spelled names she was using so I replied saying I wanted to help with some money and send me information on how to send it so that you receive it. That is when the individual replied few hours later with the name Reverend Kevin Albert included in the email with an address of Unit 22 N23 Dakar Senegal that I was supposed to send the money to. I then Google other scam emails and that's when I saw similar emails with the same story lines, so I replied to the individual with a threatened e-mail and that's when the person did not replied.
My friend befriended me, then said Facebook had a promo going on, and a friend of hers won. So I checked and they said I won, I need to send them $400.00 to Nigeria in a money gram before receiving the prize I won.
I received a Facebook message from a friend stating that she had been a winner in the Facebook CEO drawing and my name was on the unclaimed winners list. I asked how to get in touch and was told to click on the above posted email or Facebook address. When I did a claim agent "talked" with me as we Facebooked back and forth.
I continued to Facebook my friend who kept guiding me thru the process. Since I trust my friend, I didn't think about a scam. When the agent stayed I needed to send money for the case filing and ups shipping, I called my friend in Indiana. She said that she was not facebooking me and she did not win any money.
They sent me a message saying they were from Facebook and I won 550,000.00 dollars and then wanted me to send money to collect it which I didn't do but before I started to suspect anything I sent them my information