Facebook is a wonderful thing. It connects us with people from all corners of the Earth. But it also is fertile ground for scammers.
NOTE: This article has been updated.
In the past several weeks, I’ve had two friend requests on Facebook that turned out to be nothing more than scammers phishing for personal information in the guise of informing me that I was a big winner in some made-up contest/promotion that I’d never heard of. Sort of like those Nigerian emails that were so popular not long ago.
A couple of days ago, I got a request from someone calling himself John Pirtle. Who the hell knows who this person really is, but I can tell you one thing for certain: He’s a scammer. I was made aware of him by a Facebook friend who had also accepted a friend request from this scumbag and was immediately contacted regarding a big money giveaway from Mark Zuckerberg. My Facebook friend saw that I was also friends with “John” and asked if I’d been contacted and what did I think. I knew right away it was a scam and told him to report the guy. I don’t know if he did, but then I decided to answer the “Hello, how are you” message I got from Pirtle (I never answer those messages) and have a little fun. Then, while doing so, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to expose not just this “Pirtle” person, but all the scammers who operate in the same manner.
This is what ensued:
I am sending a link to this article to Pirtle once I’ve got it up. Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see his reaction. Oh wait! I just heard from him and here’s what he had to say to me:
Note to John Pirtle and those like him: All older people aren’t brain dead, and this old lady is reporting you to Facebook and – well, you can see that I’m telling everyone about what a sleazebag you are.