How to catch a scammer on Facebook.

Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet by Mo Goulet Posted: 11/13/2012
Lately I've received a LOT of friend requests on Facebook and I'm usually pretty conservative about accepting friends. If we have mutual friends, I would probably accept the request.

With that in mind, I've noticed some of these friends will start a chat with me for several reasons. Whatever the reason, if it involves money or becoming more than friends, I've now decided to turn the tables on them.

The latest was a nice looking female who claimed to be a pastor in Pakistan who is from NY working a special church and asking for prayers. (By tomorrow it will be money I'm sure)

What I'm doing is giving them a link while chatting with them which is supposed to give them more information on my company and possible how I could help them.

When they go there, it captures their IP address, where they are located and other cool information on them. It also lets them now they have just been tacked and if they think I'm BS'ing them, they can ask me for the info I have on them.


If you are interested, just go to Venture Capital and Angel Investors

It's simply a web-stat program... nothing to worry about. You can right click the page and see the code.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    WillR
    I have an even simpler way to prevent this problem from ever happening.

    Stop approving Facebook friends you don't know.

    Simple.
  • Profile picture of the author roosevelt
    roosevelt
    Yeah, why would you accept random people on Facebook? If you are marketing, it makes sense to add random people and perhaps blast their wall with stuff. But I wouldn't accept people and go through all the trouble of capturing their IP etc...
  • Profile picture of the author Arunabh Singh
    Arunabh Singh
    Originally Posted by WillR View Post

    I have an even simpler way to prevent this problem from ever happening.

    Stop approving Facebook friends you don't know.

    Simple.
    Yep. The best way to avoid the hassle is to stop adding random people on facebook. They are called friends for a reason.
  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Mo Goulet
    I don't think people are reading my post. There is not one person I have befriended on Facebook who did not have other mutual friends. There are many great friendships I have developed by meeting people who were mutual friends with others I knew well. In business and in Christian fellowships as well as in my local community. Your suggestion is not only unreasonable it's ignorant. I've made great financial connections on Facebook and LinkedIn. Every once in a while the odd ball will pop up and that is what you get by being involved in a social network. If you do not like these networks then you should stay away.
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    WillR
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    I don't think people are reading my post. There is not one person I have befriended on Facebook who did not have other mutual friends. There are many great friendships I have developed by meeting people who were mutual friends with others I knew well. In business and in Christian fellowships as well as in my local community. Your suggestion is not only unreasonable it's ignorant. I've made great financial connections on Facebook and LinkedIn. Every once in a while the odd ball will pop up and that is what you get by being involved in a social network. If you do not like these networks then you should stay away.
    Oh, so you meet these people through mutual friends?

    So I guess you are saying you don't trust the friends of your friends?

    Seriously, I don't see the point of this. I've never had a problem with scammers on Facebook because I don't just befriend people willy nilly. If you want to connect with random people use a fan page.
  • Profile picture of the author YasirYar
    YasirYar
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    Lately I've received a LOT of friend requests on Facebook and I'm usually pretty conservative about accepting friends. If we have mutual friends, I would probably accept the request.

    With that in mind, I've noticed some of these friends will start a chat with me for several reasons. Whatever the reason, if it involves money or becoming more than friends, I've now decided to turn the tables on them.

    The latest was a nice looking female who claimed to be a pastor in Pakistan who is from NY working a special church and asking for prayers. (By tomorrow it will be money I'm sure)

    What I'm doing is giving them a link while chatting with them which is supposed to give them more information on my company and possible how I could help them.

    When they go there, it captures their IP address, where they are located and other cool information on them. It also lets them now they have just been tacked and if they think I'm BS'ing them, they can ask me for the info I have on them.


    If you are interested, just go to Venture Capital and Angel Investors

    It's simply a web-stat program... nothing to worry about. You can right click the page and see the code.
    That's one brilliant idea of catching a kid red-handed in the cookie jar! lol :p
  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    betterwtveter
    I am really picky about this as well, I use to accept anyone that comes to me, but now it is really stressing me on how much junk mail I get from these people on facebook. Choose the ones that want to truly network with you.
  • Profile picture of the author GrowMyForumCommunity
    GrowMyForumCommunity
    Hello!

    I would advice you to stop clicking any links from someone you don't know. And yes, as others said, you may choose not to add or approve friend requests from people you don't know.
  • Profile picture of the author bluebagger
    bluebagger
    I like it! It's fun to play with them a little!
  • Profile picture of the author Arunabh Singh
    Arunabh Singh
    Originally Posted by bluebagger View Post

    I like it! It's fun to play with them a little!
    Seems like you have too much time on your hand.
  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    brettb
    There are millons of fake FB accounts - maybe 25% of them.
  • Profile picture of the author aarthielumalai
    aarthielumalai
    This happens a lot, especially in my college. I accept people who are from my college, but there are a lot of people who pose as students. I just unfriend them when I find out they are trying to spam me. I've clicked one or two links when I was new to facebook (they were viruses), and since then, if one of my friends sends an unknown link, I either unfriend them or ignore them. It's something you can't completely avoid in a social network I guess.

    Btw, that's one cool script, a classy way to deal with spammers.
  • Profile picture of the author Manie Amari
    Manie Amari
    Originally Posted by Mo Goulet View Post

    I don't think people are reading my post.
    I did and think you've got way too much time on your hands. Even after catching a FB spammer what's next? You report their pm's as spam and you move on.

    Serious time wasting activity if you ask me. I'd rather spend that doing things that will build my business. Just sayin...

    Manie
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    WillR
    Originally Posted by brettb View Post

    There are millons of fake FB accounts - maybe 25% of them.
    and...

    I know every single friend on my account is REAL because they are all people I know. Add random people and you can expect the silliness to start.

    Have you seen those people on current affair shows who are crying because they sent money to someone they met on a dating site and never heard from them again?

    Honestly, people need to take more accountability for their actions. If you go around and add random people then what do you expect to happen. Stop adding random people is the sensible solution.

    We all read the original post just fine... doesn't mean we don't think it's a complete waste of time.

    Imagine if you invested this time and resources into your business.
  • Profile picture of the author Weblover50
    Weblover50
    Originally Posted by WillR View Post

    I have an even simpler way to prevent this problem from ever happening.

    Stop approving Facebook friends you don't know.

    Simple.

    That is what you should do. Facebook is not for finding new virtual friends, it is a place to add your friends. If you want to chat with strangers, better go to the old Yahoo chat.

    After reading the first thread, I also get the feeling that the thread starter is playing a game with us. He just want to push his link and get few click for whatever reason. There is no other reason to post that link and add an explanation about what the link do. This is clearly a link bait.
  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
    contentwriting360
    I think the OP understands that we should not be adding people by random in Facebook unless there we have mutual friends (that's plural, so not just one) with the requester.
    MO is simply telling us one of the many techniques how we can know the country of origin of the person who claims to be from the US when he's from this and that country.

    What MO said above is the same thing we do whenever someone is pitching for a sale or whenever someone applies as a writer to us. There were cases when an applicant claimed she was a native English speaker/writer but our hiring manager sensed that the applicant's tone and sentence structure seemed to be from a non-native English speaker/writer. So he gave the applicant our website's URL and from there the applicant was caught lying. Simple.
  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Mo Goulet
    Having been active at building Facebook landing pages for the last 2 years and marketing my own text marketing software, I still only have accepted less than 600 friends. This same scam occurs even on LinkedIn. It's hard to avoid a request to connect when the purpose of LinkedIn is to connect with other professionals and on Facebook when you receive a request for friendship who is connected to a group or other friends, you are going to give them the benefit of the doubt. When the money requests or the hurricane requests come in (some to my friends) I'm going to help them make sure it is not a scam.
  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
    contentwriting360
    Mo, you have a point. Your post is helpful in its real sense. Now let me add another technique how we can identify where the person is from. We have been doing this for so many years already and it has been working for us.

    If an applicant tells us that she's from a native English speaking country, we tell her to send us an email (a dummy email account). Then, we check the email address of the sender by checking the Internet Headers setting if you're using MS Outlook. Then, we check the IP in an IP Address Lookup. That's it. It will show the country of origin of the email.
  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Mo Goulet
    Link bait for what?

    The post says you can right click the page to see the code. From there if you would like to use the service yourself, you can simply go to their website. I don't make money referring people the web-stat.

    The previous reply gave another useful tool to catch scammers...

    Originally Posted by Weblover50 View Post

    This is clearly a link bait.
  • Profile picture of the author Mo Goulet
    Mo Goulet
    After almost 2 years since this post, I see most are now using and marketing heavily on Facebook. You can't tell me you are marketing on Facebook and personally know everyone of your friends, that is impossible. It's even worse on Linkedin. Of the thousands on Linkedin with whom I am in communication, I know few of them personally. I have personally referred friends to some here simply because I have purchased your products several times.

    I summary, Facebook today is entirely different than 2 years ago and many of you who are marketers have already changed your tone about Friend requests. For every "friend" you have the potential of reaching 200-400 additional potential customers. I also see how marketers are now asking you to friend them on Facebook in their product promotion. If you are not into marketing, please don't judge a useful tool. Some people are into social media networking which make friends and some are into social media marketing which makes money. Reputation is important and I do not like people using their friendship with me as a spring board to scam anyone on my list so if something looks fishy, I choose to check it out.

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