Wichita woman turns tables on Facebook scammers

By: David Marcus - Email
By: David Marcus - Email

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WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita's Debbie Bush got a Facebook friend request from someone resembling her friend Rosa, who was already on her friends list.

Debbie accepted, and her supposed friend sent her an instant message, claiming Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had just awarded her 150-thousand dollars, as part of a giveaway to disabled seniors. She wanted to send Debbie the link to get the money herself.

"She said, well, it's true. She had gotten her money delivered to her by UPS that day," Bush says. "And I thought, UPS delivering 150-thousand dollars, that's kind of odd."

Debbie decided to play along. She clicked on the link and was forwarded to another chat window, where someone named Roger Smith said she had to send in money first, to be eligible for the big prize.

"So I said, how much? And he said, 1500 dollars," says Bush. "And I said, I don't have 15 dollars, let alone 1500. And he said, how can much you send? And I said, maybe 100."

But Debbie had no intention of sending anything. She turned the tables, first getting back in a chat with her supposed friend, Rosa.

"I said, 'I want to verify this is you, what's your phone number so I can call you, just to hear your voice and make sure this is you?'", Bush says. "And she says, 'I'm really tired, I gotta go to bed.' And I said, 'it would just take two seconds to hear your voice and let me know it was you'. And she says, 'goodbye, I'll talk to you tomorrow.'"

Debbie contacted the police, who are investigating. She later called her real friend Rosa, who said she had not been on Facebook in months.

It's suggested that you should always be careful what links you click on, in a chat or otherwise, even if you think you're talking to someone you think is your friend.

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