Social Media Scams

Remember the early days of e-mail when everything you received was interesting? Then, you started getting those strange messages from some guy in Nigeria who needed your help getting 20 million dollars into the country. Remember how some people actually fell for that scam?

Thankfully, the social power of the Internet – long before we thought of social media – exposed those scams for what they are.

You would think the light of scrutiny would have made these kinds of scams a thing of the past. Apparently not. Just the other day this popped into my in box:


I am Mrs. Suha the wife of Yasser Arafat the Palestinian 
former leader, I am having problem with the new prime 
Minister and the Palestinian liberation organization because
the of money which my husband Deposited  in my account and 
my investment.

I want to introduce you to the bank to transferred the fund 
into your account for safety keeping, you can click on this 
BBC news to Know more about me and my late  husband, if you 
are honest to me. I have more funds to entrust on your care

If you are interested get back to me urgently and I will 
give you the bank information to contact the bank immediately
hope to hear from you soon, send me your details and photo 
if you are replying to me,

Thank you.
 Mrs. Suha Arafat

Imagine that! The wife of the late Yasser Arafat actually chose me – out of all the millions of people with e-mail addresses – to be the one to help her to get her money. I am one lucky guy.

Oh, and this isn’t the first such e-mail I’ve received in the past few months. I have people in England and South America who are ready to throw millions – millions, I say – my way.

It’s better than playing Powerball.

Excuse me but I have to get back to her urgently.

Steve Allan

Social Media Specialist



About Steve Allan

I am a Social Media specialist uniquely focused on the management, messaging and marketing of social media platforms for non-profits and small businesses.
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