The Huntsville Police Department has been made aware of yet another scam. This scam involves Facebook Messenger and a message that appears to be from a friend. The person that seems to be a known friend is advising the recipient of a great opportunity to receive a large amount of money in the form of a government grant. The “friend” talks about how they got their money and provides a phone number for the recipient to text and inquire how to get a grant. At some point, a processing fee will be requested and instructions provided on how to send the money.
A few things to look for when using Facebook Messenger to ensure that messages are not scams are:
– not accepting a friend request from someone who’s already a friend
– making sure that the statement “different from your Facebook friend…..” is not at the top of the screen
– the message may also appear to be from someone for whom English is not their native language.