In a typical con, the perpetrator will spend weeks or even months building up a romantic relationship with a victim through e-mails, texts or phone calls, before eventually asking for money.And many of the scammers aren't even in the United States.A man calling himself "John" messaged her and through daily phone calls and messages on Facebook, he gained her trust.The victims reported collective losses of .4 million, which is likely only a fraction of the actual losses since many victims are too embarrassed to file a report, the FBI said.About 70% of the victims were female; more than half were women 40 years or older.
Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending friend-requests and which friends they share in common. Unbelievable I thought, until I just tested the exploit for myself. In other words, a privacy (Hat-tip: @Scott56r and @Laird_Attwood) Update: After a few hours Facebook sent us this statement. Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the of their ‘friends’. The irony is that the exploit is enabled by they way that Facebook lets you preview your own privacy settings.