Darn near everyone I know on Facebook has fallen for the same scam this weekend. Maybe you received a message like this the one below. I know I did.
“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too….I had to do the people individually. Good Luck! PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT A NEW ONE FROM ME AT THIS TIME”
Except this person isn’t real and the friend request never happened. This is a big, fat, scam. It’s a social engineering trick designed to get you to forward these things. In some cases, the messages come from scammers. In other cases, they come from folks who just blindly followed the directions and forwarded the message. For goodness sake don’t click on any links in any of these messages. And don’t forward things that are blatant lies. If you didn’t get a fake friend request from someone, you’re lying when you forward the message. Just don’t forward things like this! EVER. This is the way scammers use social engineering to train you to forward their scams. Sometimes it’s harmless info, next time it might not be.
I also received a similar message a few weeks back from the same person. Also completely made up.
One thing is true. You should never accept a friend request from someone who’s already your friend. Friends can’t send you a friend request, so if you get one, it’s probably a scammer trying to impersonate them.
Stop it with the message forwards, okay? The only reason you should ever forward anything in Messenger is if there’s a piece of information from someone you know that’s too long to retype or you want to make sure the person you’re sending it to gets the exact information. A real person that you know talking about something you know to be true, like a family event. Okay? None of this forwarding to everyone on your list. That’s your first clue that something is a scam.