I just received a security alert from Facebook warning me that my facebook account may have been compromised by cybercriminals trying to impersonate me. These criminals may try to trick my friends into sending money by claiming I'm stuck in a far-away location and need help. I have actually seen this happen to others.
So if any readers get an email supposedly from me asking for money, don't send any. I would never ask for money and hope you would all recognize the scam for what it is.
Additionally, a person with whom I regularly exchange emails recently had problems with mail going out from his account with an attachment attempting to sell sexual aids, enhancements, etc. I have also seen this happen to email accounts of others I know. Because I trust the individuals whose accounts were compromised, I opened the attachment because while the title of the attachment seemed a bit odd, there was no indication that it was sexual in nature, and it was the trust factor that caused me to open it.
It is really a shame that our use of emails, internet, and blogs can cause us grief, especially because this connectivity provides us with a sense of community, friendship and joy. We all need to be aware of what is going on out there and realize it can happen to nearly anyone.
Since my rant about Facebook in an earlier post, I just wanted to let you know this latest turn of events. I wish they would allow me to deactivate and completely close my account though. They have suspended my account at this time, and I hope they never reinstate it.
COLD AND GETTING COLDER
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