Skype Invitation Via Text: How The Scam Works
(with video below) Most people can’t live without text messaging these days. There is no surprise, since texting makes it relatively simple to stay connected with their friends and family. However, some scammers have found a way to use texting and a supposed Facebook connection to con people into leaving their computer vulnerable to malware or viruses. The approach is getting the victim to move the conversation from Facebook/text to Skype.
In this latest scam, victims receive a text message from a person named “Suzanne Connere” who tells the recipient that she knows them through Facebook. Upon verification on their friends list, victims see Suzanne (or the name used by the scammer) that often comments on or like their Facebook pictures.
The fact that they don’t really remember when accepted Suzanne’s invitation is often ignored because of the comments and likes they received from her. It essentially makes the validation process inexistent.
Once the trust is built, Suzanne then requests that the recipients add her to their Skype account to chat a few minutes about a great opportunity, using a variety of phone numbers from all over the United States, Canada and UK. The most reported telephone numbers are:
320-591-9706 – Minnesota
314-635-8373 – Missouri
484-816-6713 – Pennsylvania
530-870-9490 – California
Once connected on Skype, “she” sends corrupted files that install viruses on victims’ computers. If you are approached by anyone in a similar style, we have some good news:
Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on Facebook is a fake.
Skype Invitation Via Text: How To Avoid
It should go without saying but if you receive a text from someone you don’t know, ignore it. Not just from Suzanne Connere, but from anyone else. Once criminals get exposed online, such as on this article, they change their names and continue their scam.
If someone does know you on Facebook, typically they would communicate with you through that social media platform. Also, if someone is friends with you on Facebook, you usually recognize their name and the person. If you don’t, it is a major red flag.
As with any form of communication these days, awareness is the key to protecting your investment of a computer, and being vigilant could help protect you from even worse issues such as identity theft.
Facebook To Skype Conversation: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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