I had the news playing in the background this morning while I was simultaneously packing school lunches and washing dishes when I heard a news story about a woman who claimed her identity had been stolen on Facebook.
My antennae perked up and I began to listen. Because I am on Facebook everyday and definitely don't want my identity stolen. I barely know who I am as it is!
The woman said that she had received an email from somebody asking her for personal information. At this point, a few red flags should have been flying high. But apparently, this woman has a lack of common sense so she gave it to them. It did not specify what kind of information but since this person already had her full name, they most likely asked for a password and a few more intimate tidbits. If someone asked me for my password I would laugh in their faces. Then I'd pat them on the head and say, "you're so cute when you're stupid." Even Howie doesn't have my passwords! But she gave them her information.
They took over her account and using her identity, started emailing her friends, asking them to wire some money because "she" was supposedly stuck in London and all of "her" money had been stolen.
Is it just me or does that not SCREAM scam to you?
She lost my sympathy at "I gave them some personal information". I mean seriously, how can she sit here and bitch and moan that someone stole her Facebook account when she pretty much handed it over to them wrapped in a pretty red bow?
That would be like me leaving my car in the middle of the ghetto with the keys in the ignition and a sign that says, "please take my car" hanging in the dashboard. And then, having the audacity to be all, "they STOLE my car, I can't believe they STOLE my car, I've been violated!"