Scammers are constantly changing methods, and targeting social media is their latest tactic in trying to take advantage of people.
Law enforcement in several northwoods communities have had complaints of these attempts using Facebook. The scammer gathers the names, photos and information of a legitimate Facebook user and uses it to target the victim’s friends utilizing a fake account and promises of a prize.
Once the friends reply for more details, they are tricked into giving their personal identification information to the scammers which can lead to identity theft.
One of the only methods to combat this is too remain vigilant. As is the case with most of these scam attempts, if its too good to be true, it probably is.