Early this morning I noticed my friend, Chris's facebook status was an alarming message that he needed help "noww"! Before I could even ask what was up, I got a chat message from "Chris".
While I was chatting with this jerk posing as my friend, I was calling London Metro Police, Stockholm Polis, and alerting Facebook. I also called my friend to let him know what was up -- but these hackers wait until your friend ought to be asleep so they could have several hours to their advantage.
After over an hour chatting up the imposter and dealing with the police, it was advised to do all I could to shut him down. I posted an alert on Chris's profile:
THIS IS NOT CHRIS *****[last name removed for privacy]! This is a scammer trying to get you to send money. Do NOT give Chris ***** any money or personal information! (Probably good advice all the time, in regard to *****. haha) But seriously, someone hacked Chris's profile and is trying to defraud his friends.
and then the imposter removed me as Chris's friend's list to continue on his scam.
Below is the transcript of that chat. I am posting it here because I want all my friends to be on the alert for things like this. (Note to future assholes out there -- If you are going to impersonate one of my favorite comedy writers, learn to fucking spell!)
can you please come online?
how are you donig?
good enough. how are you? your status is alarming.
what's going on?
how are you donig?
i teavellwd to london last night
and i was mugged at a gun point
cool. welcome across the pond!
all cash on me were stolen
did you go to the police?
investigation is going on
please i need your help now
what can I do?
i need you to loan me some money to complete my flight ticket back home
i will pay you back as soon as i get back home tonight
please help me out
i will pay you back
i need to get back home
how would I get you the money?
truogh western union
they have western union in london? I thought that was only in the STates?
they have it here at the hottel where i loddged
like how much do you need?
i will pay you as soon as i get back
that's a bit of money.
honestly I don't know how much I have to spare.
i will pay you back as soon as i get back tonight
if I do this you would HAVE to pay me back as soon as you get home.
yes i promise
just send me the money so that i can get out of here today
are you sending me the money?
I am going to try.
I have to get dressed first.
where do I send it?
ok thank you
should i give you my information
tell me what to do, I have not sent money from western union before.
Chris ***** [last name removed in transcript for privacy]
94 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TG
you can even send it online
94 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW5 2TG United Kingdom
did you got it?
are you on it?
I don't know if I can do all 800. Honestly, I don't know if I can afford it.
how much can you spare right now?
are you on the webpage
no. I was going to go to the store to do it.
I'll get dressed and go down. Hang in there. I'll chat back with you when I get back and let you know it is on the way.
Sorry this happened to you, man. Really sucks.
are you back?
are you there now?
13:45 Chris is offline.
13:46 Chris is online.
13:47 Chris is offline.
13:49 Chris is online.
please are you back ?
13:52 Chris is offline.
13:53 Chris is online.
dude, they said there isn't a western union agent at that address you gave me. 94 Kentish Town Rd, London.
that is the hottels address
you can send it online now please
the flight will take off in 30mit time
please help me
you are not Chris *****.
that address is not valid according to western unon.
what do you mean?
and even if there was a flight leaving in 30 minutes, you would never make it to the airport in time. and you could always take another one.
I am calling the police.
i did not understand you any more
I will make it very simple.
If you are Chris *****, where did we work together?
breast cancer cure
please you have to help me
you are my only hope now
I have called the police and reported this profile.
14:13 Chris is offline.
Fortunately about a half hour after this last chat, the real Chris was back in control of his profile.
So, now, back to the search,