Nigerian scammers find their way into your Facebook inbox
I write to you with sadness in my heart and tears in my eyes.
I have just read that Nigerian fraudsters have learned how to crack Facebook's security using high-end viruses and the like. They are sending messages posing as friends who are stranded abroad who need money wiring to buy a ticket home.
The trend of criminals moving into social media is because the traditional email scams - including those involving my late father, the former secretary to the Nigerian State Treasury - are becoming ineffective.
Unlike emails, these fake messages are written in good English although are given away by the use of foreign phrasing such as "cell phone" and similar.
I am contacting you so you are aware of these scams, as I fell for one and lost all my life savings. I now have no way to feed the many children in my orphanage. They are hungry and continue to cry through the night. Please you could spare $500 so I can bring a smile of joy to their sad faces.
Peace be with you,
Reverend Jacob Ashley