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Facebook scams use "friends" for foul purposes

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If a friend on Facebook posts links for government grants, you may want to think twice before clicking on it.

The Better Business Bureau serving Mississippi warns of multiple reports of Facebook users sharing links to fake government grant sites. 

Messages from old friends or friend requests will often list other Facebook users who have allegedly benefited from these grants, or the names of real U.S. government agencies to gain your trust.

These messages may also include a link to a law office or phony government website.

In the end you will be asked to supply personal information, banking details and a payment for processing fees.

This delivers vital personal information into the wrong hands.

Report the abuse to Facebook, unfriend these strangers, and contact any personal friends offline immediately: their account may be compromised.

"Scammers are using social networking sites because it appears to be more personally directed than an email," says John O'Hara, President & CEO of BBB serving Mississippi. "However these scammers try to contact you, phone, email,or social network; you never pay money for a 'free' government grant and the U.S. Government doesn't contact citizens directly to apply."

 If you think you may have been a victim of a government grant scam, file a complaint with the FTC online, or call toll-free, 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357); TTY: 866-653-4261.

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