So an old friend of mine had his account hacked on Facebook.
And the hacker is sending chat messages to my friend’s Facebook contacts—like me—pretending to be him—with his picture and name and all his online information.
He says that he is stuck in London, just got mugged—at gunpoint—losing his money and phone and needs my help.
At first, I’m thinking oh crap; my friend is in trouble and needs me. Then, I’m like wait a second, he’s pulling my leg. So I ask “are you joking?”
The hacker—pretending to be my friend—continues how it was such a terrible experience, but thank G-d they are still alive.
I’m on the other end of this chat—and questioning now if this person is really who they say they are—despite the REAL picture and profile.
I ask who are you with?
The hacker replies with the name of my friend’s wife. Her real name!
And the hacker continues with the mugging story and how they are leaving in a few hours for their return flight to the States, but need help.
Ok, I am happy to help my friends, but I want to know this is really my friend. Behind the scenes, I am contacting other mutual friends, family and so on to verify this story and resolve this.
On the chat, I ask—can you tell me something that only the two of us would know?
The hacker starts flipping out and gives me "?!?!?!...."
I repeat my question and ask if the hacker understands.
The hacker responds that they do.
And then ignoring my questioning, proceeds with the storyline asking me to wire money and that it will be okay, because they will need identification to retrieve the wire.
Now I ignore the hacker’s request and go back to my question about who this person on the other end of the chat really is?
Hacker is offline...for now.