But a recent scam on the social networking site Facebook relies instead on trust and willingness to help friends in need.
A scammer hacked into the Facebook account of a man named Bryan Rutberg and posted an urgent message that he needed help.
Bryan‘s friends were fooled by the con and one even wired money to the scammer. To read the full story, see Facebook ID Theft Targets ‘Friends’.
To help prevent this kind of social networking scam, use caution when responding to urgent requests for help. Also, protect your account with a strong password. For more tips, see 10 tips for social networking safety.