GRADY COUNTY, Okla. – A sheriff is warning Oklahomans about a new Facebook scam.
Sheriff Jim Weir with the Grady County Sheriff’s Office says scammers are “cloning” Facebook profiles.
The alleged scammers are then looking at the friends list of the person they’ve cloned and attempted to add them.
Once you receive a friend request from the cloned account, the alleged scammer sends messages asking if you have heard about the “new grant program.”
“They will tell you they received $80,000 or more, just by applying and clicking a link. But, you have to hurry and you can ‘make your claim too,'” Sheriff Weir explained. “Once you click on the link they ask for all your personal information, including bank account information, and then they can take your money. They will also ask you send them money initially from your account, in order to receive the large amount of money they are promising. These scams ask for anywhere from $200 – $1200 to be sent to them, promising a large amount of money in return.”
The Grady County sheriff doesn’t want anyone to fall victim to this scam.
“If you receive this message, it’s not your friend,” he said. “Report the profile to Facebook as a fake account and block them. Do not click on any link or give them any information.” “
“We are constantly being made aware of new scams, most of them, like this one, ask for money up front,” he continued. “Don’t ever give money or personal information to anyone asking for it on Facebook or over the phone, if you didn’t initiate the conversation.”