Facebook con-artists on the rise

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Police Department is investigating an increase in con-artists attempting to use Facebook as a medium to perpetrate acts of financial fraud.

Recently, the Computer and Electronics Crime Unit has noticed an increase in attempts to financially defraud individuals through online scams.

Some of the Facebook postings that have been proven scams are similar to this:

I'm writing this mail with tears rolling down my cheeks, My family and i are presently in London,England for a short vacation and we were mugged at gun point last night at the park of the hotel where we lodged all cash,credit cards and cell phone were stolen off us. I've been to the US embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all, My flight leaves in hew hrs from now and am having problems settling the hotel bills. The hotel manager won't let me leave until i settle the hotel bills now i need your Assistance.
Let US know what you can Do
Jen & Tim

Police would like to remind everyone of a few simple tips to aid in preventing victimization.

First, few appeals for monetary assistance are legitimate, particularly if you did not initiate contact with the person that is requesting the money.

Second, never provide personal information over the internet such as, credit card numbers and social security numbers, without confirming who you are sending the information. You can confirm through your own internet search or a phone book, never through the contact information provided by the sender of a suspicious email or social media message.

Lastly, remember to take messages with numerous grammatical and spelling errors or that create a sense of urgencies as an indicator of potential fraud.

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