I am sitting here laughing at myself as I write this.
So “ on Friday I had a meeting with my wonderful sales rep, Rachel. We were finishing up our meeting & looking something up on Facebook (isn't that what YOU do in meetings) when a chat box opens up. It is one of my blog design customers who I worked with about a year ago. She starts telling me that something terrible has happened “ she was mugged in Wales last night “ everything was stolen “ her husband is freaking out ¦and so on. Then comes the kicker ¦wait for it ¦wait for it ¦ So, can you Western Union $940 to me right now so we can make our flight?
I start scouring Facebook for a link to report fraud and cannot find one. I call my local authority on all things Internet fraud “ the local police “ for their advice. I am sure that the dispatcher meant well when she told me that I needed to file a police report. I responded with a dumb founded really??!?!? She confirms her answer. I told her I would call back after I got a little more information from the culprit.
I kept working my suspect for more information. I got a name (that wasn't my friend's “ shocker) and address. And told them I was off to Western Union. I called the local police station back to file my report “ they sent two officers to my house. Not even kidding. I told the officers about the Facebook fraud & they advised me that you DO NOT actually file a police report for Facebook crimes “ you contact Facebook directly.
Huh ¦imagine that. We stood around and laughed about the incident, chatted some more about social media, websites and such. I realized about 10 minutes into the chit-chat that Johnny Law doesn't have much else to do on a Friday afternoon in the burbs, than act on Facebook crimes!
If you are ever a victim of fraud on Facebook, report it to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than the police.