Social Networking Message Scams - Do Not Respond

The social network messages below are all scams. Please do not respond to these messages if they appear on your Facebook, Twitter or other social networking website accounts. Cybercriminals are sending out thousands of these messages, in order to trick their potential victims into sending their name, email address and other personal information, which they (Cybercriminals) will use to scam them.

Social Networking Message Scams - Do Not Respond

Never send your personal or financial information to anyone who requests it either by email or messages on social networking websites like Facebook or Twitter.

Also, do not be fooled by the pictures of the beautiful women or handsome men in these messages. Scammers use these to help make the message more convincing.

A list of some of the social networking message scams

  • Facebook Chat Message Scam
    "hello my, name is Joy i saw your profile today at (facebook) and i love it and i will also like to know more about you please i will like you to email me back with my email address (j*y3ol*er so that i will give you my pictures for you to know whom i am .waiting for your lovely reply soon. miss Joy"
  • "Hello My name is Anita
    i read your profile today please i will like us to be friends and i will like you to send an email to my email address"
  • "Hello nice to meet you
    My Name is Candra God fearing and truthful i Need some one caring and trustful to love and to believe in please if you are that kind of a man just reply me at"
  • "Hello My Friend
    Please do not be offended to receive this mage My Name is Miss Lovinda Nelson; I saw your profile today and become very interest to be your friend And i have an important issue to discuse with youPlease contact me directly on my private email address * that will enable me to explain my self to you and then we will move from there Please contact me urgently on my email ID Arrange my email address and put it together so"
  • "Greetings from lilian
    I hope that every things is ok with youas is my pleasure to contact you afterviewing your profile at * which really interest me in having communication with you i will be very happy if you can writeme through my email for easiest communication and to know all about each otherhere is myemail * i will be waiting to hear from you as i wish you all the best for your day yours new friendlilian"
  • "Interested in you
    My name is sarina am a beautiful young girl with full of love Well I saw your profile today which gives me joy to contact you please i will like you contact me through my email * At the same time i will show you my picture and send me your picture Miss sarina"
  • "hi dear
    i am dorah adams i am yrs old i am from sudan but i am living presently in dakar senegal i have gone through ur profiles and i wish that we can be good friends if you dont mind who know we might have some many things to share in common anyway you can mail me always at my email id which is * so that i will reply back with lots of my personal details"
  • "Hello Friend,
    I greet you with the blessings of God,My name is Mrs Mabel Yapo Am a widow and i have just one adopted son,am suffering from an illness called Cancer and about to die i have a proposal for you that you help become my son's guardian and also help me invest the $3.5million my husband left behind for less privelged homes. if you are interested in helping contact me with my private email: * N:B after this message am going to delete my profile for security reasons.

    Thanks, Mabel Yapo"
  • "Hello dear, My name is Miss Jane Djakpa, am a young girl never married, i saw your profile at (*) and i would like us to be friends if you will also be interested too, please contact me directly to my email address * so that i can show you my picture and also tell you more about myself.

    Hooping to hear from you soonest, Yours truly and friendly in-love,


  • "Hi nice to meet you. My Name is marisa, God fearing and truthful, i Need some one caring and trustful to love and to believe in god if you are that kind of a person just reply me at [m*ri*] please don't reply me back hear."

  • "My name is miracle.I saw your profile today at *.com i must confess it look loving and responsible i became interested, i will like us to know each other more better,You can write me direct on so i can send you my picture for you to know whom i am.I believe we can move from here! I am waiting for your mail to my email address above. miracle."

  • "From: Ms.Vanessa Herbert

    E-mail : v*

    Greetings, it is my pleasure to contact you after going through your profile.I expect that you are not going to let down this request am about to make to you, owing to the fact that we have not yet known or written to each other before. Though I will not compel you to honor this request against your will"

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Online Threat Alerts Security Tips

Pay the safest way

Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online purchases because you can dispute the charges if you never get the goods or services or if the offer was misrepresented. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly.

Guard your personal information

In any transaction you conduct, make sure to check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the seller, charity, company, or organization is credible. Be especially wary if the entity is unfamiliar to you. Always call the number found on a website’s contact information to make sure the number legitimately belongs to the entity you are dealing with.

Be careful of the information you share

Never give out your codes, passwords or personal information, unless you are sure of who you're dealing with

Know who you’re dealing with

Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Don’t provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something and know who you are sending payment to. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.

Check your accounts

Regularly check your account transactions and report any suspicious or unauthorised transactions.

Don’t believe promises of easy money

If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam. Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true, actually are too good to be true.

Do not open email from people you don’t know

If you are unsure whether an email you received is legitimate, try contacting the sender directly via other means. Do not click on any links in an email unless you are sure it is safe.

Think before you click

If an email or text message looks suspicious, don’t open any attachments or click on the links.

Verify urgent requests or unsolicited emails, messages or phone calls before you respond

If you receive a message or a phone call asking for immediate action and don't know the sender, it could be a phishing message.

Be careful with links and new website addresses

Malicious website addresses may appear almost identical to legitimate sites. Scammers often use a slight variation in spelling or logo to lure you. Malicious links can also come from friends whose email has unknowingly been compromised, so be careful.

Secure your personal information

Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Security number, account numbers, and passwords, be sure the website is secure.

Stay informed on the latest cyber threats

Keep yourself up to date on current scams by visiting this website daily.

Use Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are critical to online security.

Keep your software up to date and maintain preventative software programs

Keep all of your software applications up to date on your computers and mobile devices. Install software that provides antivirus, firewall, and email filter services.

Update the operating systems on your electronic devices

Make sure your operating systems (OSs) and applications are up to date on all of your electronic devices. Older and unpatched versions of OSs and software are the target of many hacks. Read the CISA security tip on Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.

What if You Got Scammed?

Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

Secure Your Finances

  • Report potentially compromised bank account, credit or debit card information to your financial institution(s) immediately. They may be able to cancel or reverse fraudulent transactions.
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus. They can add a fraud alert to warn potential credit grantors that you may be a victim of identity theft. You may also want to consider placing a free security freeze on your credit report. Doing so prevents lenders and others from accessing your credit report entirely, which will prevent them from extending credit:

Check Your Computer

If your computer was accessed or otherwise affected by a scam, check to make sure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and running and that your system is free of malware and keylogging software. You may also need to seek the help of a computer repair company. Consider utilizing the Better Business Bureau’s website to find a reputable company.

Change Your Account Passwords

Update your bank, credit card, social media, and email account passwords to try to limit further unauthorized access. Make sure to choose strong passwords when changing account passwords.

Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
  • If someone is using your personal information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund, report it at This federal government site will also help you create your Identity Theft Report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation. Questions can be directed to 877-ID THEFT.

How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

About Online Threat Alerts (OTA)

Online Threat Alerts or OTA is an anti-cybercrime community that started in 2012. OTA alerts the public to cyber crimes and other web threats.

By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

Online users can help by reporting suspicious or malicious messages or websites to OTA. And, if they want to determine if a message or website is a threat or scam, they can use OTA's search engine to search for the website or parts of the message for information.

Help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

Social Networking Message Scams - Do Not Respond