New scam targeting Facebook users

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POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 12:09pm

A new scam is targeting Facebook users, Lynda Baquero has a warning for everyone who uses the popular social networking site.

Christopher Jones fell for it, but he doesn't want you to get tricked by what might be the latest scheme of Facebook, "I was out 500 dollars."

He saw a posting like this on Facebook, which said you could make $200 or even $300 a day, "People like it and they comment on it and that's how they reel the person in."

Jones was told to purchase a Green Dot money pack card, that's a card that you can use to add money to your PayPal account, make payments to some companies or to prepaid credit card.

Christopher Jones, "I put five hundred dollars on it."

Next, the guy asked Jones for the 14 digit number on the back of the card, promising Jones, over the phone, he would increase the amount on the card. Jones gave it to him, he was on  hold for ten minutes, "It got quiet and the phone hung up. and i didn't hear or see from him ever since then."

Jones is now out his $500 dollars and some financial experts say, handing over number on the back of the card to someone you don't know is like throwing money away.

Markita Morris-Louis, Clarifi, "Could you imagine giving your social security number on Facebook or just posting a picture with your bank account on it?"

Markita Morris-Louis works with Clarifi, they are a non-profit group that helps people with credit counseling, "The scammers and the financial predators know how to work Facebook, they know how to work Instagram. they know how to monitor your usage and figure out the best way to get into you."

We saw postings for what appears to be the Green Dot money pack scheme all over social media sites, Facebook, Instagram, even Craigslist.

Markita Morris-Louis, "Don't give your information to someone who is contacting you over social media."

Be sure to check your privacy setting on social media as well, to avoid letting your personal information fall into the wrong hands.

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