MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An important warning for anyone who uses the social networking website Facebook: A Mid-South woman says she someone hacked into her account and stole her Facebook identity. The hacker then conned her friend out of $500 using her own name.
This latest scam shows that even though the person you're chatting with on Facebook has your friend's name and picture, the person you're communicating with may really be a scam artist in disguise.
When one of DeAnne Gammon's friends was online Monday morning, he was greeted by an instant message with Gammon's familiar face.
"I feel invaded," Gammon said.
The message started with a friendly, "How are you?" supposedly from DeAnne.
The friend, Adam, asked about DeAnne's daughter and her surgery. The hacker played along writing, "I decided to take her on a trip to london so she could recover all she's been through".
The hacker went on to say "we were mugged at gun point...it was a brutal experience cash and cell phone was taken".
Adam asked, "Is there anything I can do?"
The hacker goes in for the kill asking him to wire money. Adam became skeptical and asked more questions.
The hacker tried to avoid them by writing, "Stop acting like a jerk."
Unfortunately, another one of Gammon's friends went to the bank and wired the money.
"I feel horrible about it," Gammon said. "all she was doing was trying to be a good friend to me."
When Gammon tried to go to her Facebook page she was locked out the hacker had changed her password.
"All of a sudden I came to the realization," Gammon said, "Oh my goodness, if this person has my Facebook password, he also has the password to a lot of my other accounts. So I changed all of them."
Gammon used to like using Facebook.
"I had made connections with people I had gone to high school and college with, people I hadn't seen in years," she said.
But now Gammon is trading in Facebook, for the phone book.
Unfortunately there is no way for Gammon's friend to get her $500 back.
The Better Business Bureau says before ever wiring money to a friend in a jam, contact the friend by phone. In this case, the hackers even changed Gammon's email address.