Facebook Messenger Scams Continue to Victimize Users

Many residents in New Jersey have received Facebook Messenger chats, often from accounts they recognize, enticing them to click on an embedded link or attempting to extort money out of them. These messages may contain a phrase similar to “Hey I saw this video. Isn’t this you?” or claim the sender is in trouble and needs money. These Facebook Messenger scams are prolific and have resulted in compromised Facebook accounts and monetary loss. As a result, FBI Portland released an article, "Building a Digital Defense Against Facebook Messenger Frauds,” to help users identify these scams and avoid falling victim. Additionally, to help users manage their cyber risk and maintain the security and privacy of their information, the NJCCIC published the guide, Be Sure to Secure Your Facebook Account: the NJCCIC’s Guide to Accessing Facebook’s Security & Privacy SettingsThe NJCCIC recommends Facebook users review the FBI article and the NJCCIC guide for information on how to identify and defend against Facebook Messenger scams and better secure their accounts. If you have been victimized by this or another scam, incident reports can be submitted to the NJCCIC hereand the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) here.