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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 01:43 am
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Local Radio Host Scammed By Facebook Fraud

CBS11TV.com

There's an impostor out there and Sharyn Fein of North Dallas is not happy.

"I'm absolutely terrified and I'm very upset."

Someone hacked into Fein's Facebook profile and contacted nearly 50 of her friends.

"I soon discovered that somebody was acting as me. Somebody had been studying who I was and had all my personal information to talk to all of my different friends."

The impostor sent each friend a very convincing message: "I'm in London, I've been robbed and I need your help."

Facebook friend, Mike Rhyner received the message and immediately replied. "Is there anything I can do? She said we don't have any money. Our money and credit cards and cell phone were taken."

Rhyner is co-host of The Hardline on 1310 the Ticket. He says he didn't think twice when he wired his dear friend more than $1,000. "This woman is on my no questions asked list. If she needs something from me, I'm there; period, case closed."

But when serious doubt settled in, the well-known radio host did some checking and discovered his friend was not in London.

"I was grateful because Mike has my back and it's nice to be loved, but I didn't want to come at that great loss. That was a lot of money" says Fein.

Rhyner was able to stop the wire transfer and ultimately got his money back. Fein says she complained to Facebook, but got no results. So the sports talk-show host took to the airwaves to warn his listeners.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 01:45 am
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Snake Oil Sam is always looking for a way to get in your wallet.   :frown: 

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:16 am
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I got the same exact request, but via email, not a Facebook message; Maybe a different name too.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:20 am
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rgb7 wrote: I got the same exact request, but via email, not a Facebook message; Maybe a different name too.
rgb7....if you send me $5k, I'll make sure you're safe from future scams!   :laugh:

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:23 am
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He should have asked her something personal to verify her identity. Like, "When was the last time we shacked up?"

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:27 am
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I thought this was gonna be about Greggo

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:28 am
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At Christmas I got the same email from an acquaintance.  I smelled a rat immediately because the language in the email was not the type sentence structure and choice of words the man I knew might use.  I went ahead and responded with, "what happened?"  --just to see what the response might be.  Again, a vaguely worded email came, telling me to wire $2,000 so he could come home from London....another clue that it was a scam--I knew the person was spending Christmas in Chicago.

So, I contacted his spouse to inquire if they knew his name was attached to an email.  Spouse said that the "virus" was believed to have come from Facebook.  (How do they know?)  Anyway, it somehow then got the email addresses from his computer and sent the message to his friends.  ----I am not on Facebook, so the address book had to be his email program.:who:

Anyway, he should have spoken to his friend in person before proceeding with wiring money overseas.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 02:59 am
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I heard him tell the story on the Hardline, I can't believe he fell for it. Anytime a Western Union wire transfer is requested, my BS meter always goes off. Who uses this method other than scammers and immigrants?*not that they are any way related, just seem like the only ones who use it*

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At least he didn't buy a truckload of bananas and oranges.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 04:01 am
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when he was telling this story, I couldn't believe he fell for it. HELLO!!! IF they were held up at gun point and the robbers took their phone, money, etc. Would they contact you via FACEBOOK???

What's that about a box of chocolates?

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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 05:32 am
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librarylady wrote: At Christmas I got the same email from an acquaintance.  I smelled a rat immediately because the language in the email was not the type sentence structure and choice of words the man I knew might use.  I went ahead and responded with, "what happened?"  --just to see what the response might be.  Again, a vaguely worded email came, telling me to wire $2,000 so he could come home from London....another clue that it was a scam--I knew the person was spending Christmas in Chicago.

So, I contacted his spouse to inquire if they knew his name was attached to an email.  Spouse said that the "virus" was believed to have come from Facebook.  (How do they know?)  Anyway, it somehow then got the email addresses from his computer and sent the message to his friends.  ----I am not on Facebook, so the address book had to be his email program.:who:

Anyway, he should have spoken to his friend in person before proceeding with wiring money overseas.

You don't have to be on Facebook. Many (maybe most) people allow Facebook to access their e-mail for addresses in order to send invitations, so they are there.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 01:12 pm
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I received the exact same story a few weeks ago by e-mail. I simply called they guy (he lives in Abilene) to verify it wasn't him, and that was that.

Sometimes these types pick on the elderly (Rhyner) and get away with it... just sayin'

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travel guy wrote: I received the exact same story a few weeks ago by e-mail. I simply called they guy (he lives in Abilene) to verify it wasn't him, and that was that.

Sometimes these types pick on the elderly (Rhyner) and get away with it... just sayin'

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There would have been no story had he not brought it to the air on his show.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 12th, 2010 05:42 pm
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Grassman wrote: I heard him tell the story on the Hardline, I can't believe he fell for it. Anytime a Western Union wire transfer is requested, my BS meter always goes off. Who uses this method other than scammers and immigrants?*not that they are any way related, just seem like the only ones who use it*
I heard it live also and when Western Union is mentioned red flag comes out.  I think you are right that only scammers and immigrants use it

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