Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stranded in London - Facebook scam

There's this Facebook chat scam that's been going around. A friend that I haven't spoken to in ages wrote to me, pretending to be stranded in London and asking for money. I found this amusing because he is from London! So I figured that he was a scammer and had fun going along with the game until the scammer got impatient and blocked me.

Enjoy!

*Friend's name has been changed to conceal his identity!

Seems like I'm not the only one. See Anthony's and Graham's posts. Also see Facebook's take on this issue.

P.S. Can anyone explain to me how does the scammer get the money from Western Union without valid Passport Identification?


Sam

Hello

How are you?

23:20Me

hey

I'm good! How've you been?

23:22Sam

not too good here

In some kind of mess

23:26Me

what's happened?

23:26Sam

I'm stranded in London,united kingdom

got mugged at gun point last night

23:29Me

where is united kingdom?

23:33Me

oh no, that's terrible!

are you alright?

23:34Sam

it sucks and scary

I was hit on the head but i am getting better

all cash, credit card and phone were stolen

23:34Me

what were you hit on the head with?

a candle stick?

23:34Sam

butt of the gun

the cops are investigating it but nothing came up yet

It was a Brutal Experience but Thank GOD i still got my life and passport saved

23:35Me

I heard in the united kingdom people get attacked by candle sticks

23:35Sam

my return flight leaves in few hours but having troubles sorting out the hotel bill

23:35Me

which part of london are you in now?

23:35Sam

I need your help!!!

Saffron Hills

I need your help!!!

23:37Me

can't you get help from the embassy?

23:38Me

is there anything i can do to help?

23:38Sam

wondering if you could loan me some few cash to sort out the hotel bills and also take a cab to the airport

i would def refund please

23:39Me

sure, where can i meet you?

so that i can give you the cash

23:39Sam

since i still have my Passport ID here,you can have the fund wired via western union to me

All you would need is my Full name and the Location you are sending the fund to

23:39Me

how much do you need?

23:39Sam

700

23:39Me

i can't spare too much

but

23:40Sam

how much can you spare?

23:40Me

700 dollars?

23:40Sam

yea

23:40Me

haha, i was thinking more like 50...

23:41Sam

how much can you spare?

23:42Me

200?

is that okay?

23:42Sam

okay

23:42Me

but i don't even know how to use western union

23:42Sam

do you have your credit with you?

23:43Me

credit card?

23:43Sam

yea..

23:43Me

yeah i have!

23:43Sam

you can wire using credit card online through western union

23:43Me

okay

can you send me the link?

and your details

23:44Sam

logon to www.westernunion.com

www.westernunion.com

23:45Me

okay

23:47Sam

This is the info needed:
Receivers Name:Sam *****
Receivers Location: London, SW15 ***
United Kingdom

okay

23:47Me

okay, just a minute

23:47Sam

ok

23:49Sam

are you on the western union site now?

23:49Me

do i have to register?

i'm very confused

23:49Sam

yea

since you are a new sender

23:50Me

okay

23:51Me

did you manage to speak to your mom yet?

23:52Sam

yea...trying to help sort flight fees.

are through with registering now?

23:52Me

i thought your mom is still in a coma

so glad to hear she's recovered!

still doing the registering

23:53Sam

okay

23:55Me

SW15 *** << can't find the postcode

23:55Sam

not mine..

you have to fill your own info there

23:56Me

to find an agent

how's your sister's baby?

23:56Sam

are you trying to find an agent

23:56Me

yes

i'm confused

is that not what i'm supposed to do?

23:57Sam

no..

whats the time right now?

23:57Me

bedtime

what time is it there?

23:57Sam

its 4:55pm

23:58Me

are you having your high tea in london?

23:58Sam

start from the begining

you select the country you are sending from

okay

www.westernunion.com

23:58Me

yes yes

23:58Sam

have you done that

23:58Me

yes and damnit, i'm not retarded!

23:59Sam

so what page where you transferred to

23:59Me

seriously, do you think i'm a retard????????!!!??????????!!??????????!

23:59Sam

no..

23:59Me

the website is seriously difficult to use!

it's not me

Today
00:00Sam

so what page are you on now?

00:01Me

i'm on the westernunion.com page you retard

that's the page you ask me to go on right?

00:01Sam

yea..

00:01Me

the girl in the picture is really cute

looks like your sister's baby

:D

can't wait to come visit you guys

You don't have permission to chat with this person.


4 comments:

Michel Couzijn said...

Very funny! I just got a similar e-mail and tried to find more info by searching Google for 'I'm seriously stranded right now and I need your assistance'. Google comes up with your blog. It's amazing that scammers such as this person really get into live contact and still think they can get away with it!

Cheers,

Mick

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It's quite easy how the scammer gets the money. The sender emails the scammer the transaction code and with that number the scammer - ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - goes into a W/U outlet with ANY fake ID, or even REAL ID since police rarely follow up on these scams - and presents the transaction number. Bingo, they now have the cash...

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