Facebook phishing scam prompts Wood County officials to urge use of 'common sense'
Thu, 22 May 2014 15:04:55 GMT —
Internet users beware. A recent financial scam attempt on a Wood County resident's Facebook page is prompting authorities to warn residents to use 'common sense.'
The Wood County Sheriff's Office has said they are investigating a phishing scam in which a resident's Facebook page was hacked. Friends linked to the compromised account received messages via the platforms messaging system that attempted to solicit funds.
The victim account's "friends" received messages saying they had been chosen as winners of $150,000 from the "Federal Empowerment Agency" and would need to simply pay $975 upon delivery of a check.
Officials are warning residents to use "common sense" and carefully screen all messages or posts for suspicious content. Phishing scams are designed to look legitimate emails or messaging, but always include some clue or sign of fraud.