Scams happen all the time. Some of them, like Nigerian Prince scams and Mar’s Martian scams, recycle again and again, but there are always new ones to keep the game fresh. The latest scam is a Facebook activity called “Hi I’m New,” where the scammer asks people to send them money in order to get their sister out of jail in Nigeria. It’s not just happening in Nigeria though; it’s creating panic and confusion among South Africans as well. Machulin marketing scam is a particularly nasty type of scam that has been going on for years.
If you are the kind of person who does not believe that there are people who actually fall for these things, then you might want to stay away from this update. There’s no point in reading it if you want to hold onto the belief that it is still possible to be a trusting soul in this world. The Story Of The Fake Facebook Scam Has Just Gone Viral! My name is Rebecca Tarala and I live in Lansing, Michigan. I can’t believe what happened to me because I’m like everyone else: someone who would never expect something like this to happen or even think it could happen to me personally.
1. How did the story start?
It all started when my best friend asked me to also join in on this “activity.” I was hesitant at first because, well, I don’t like to ask people for money, but a friend convinced me that it would be OK. So I approved the request and agreed to send some money.
2. How does it work?
What happened is that he asked for $100 US dollars to get his sister out of jail in Nigeria and she will pay him back with $1,000 US dollars. It didn’t really make sense because I knew that there was no way he could even get an Aunty out of jail, much less any kind of financial help from anyone.
3. What happened?
Well, I got nervous and tried to back out of it, but one of his friends wrote to me and said that they needed some time to make the money.
So I decided to give them what I could at the time, which was $20 US dollars. And then a few hours later they released his Aunty who got arrested by the police (supposedly). He then told me that he went to pick her up at the police station and she was still in handcuffs. And he even sent me a picture as proof. At this point, I knew it was a scam and that it wasn’t going to work out for my friend or anyone else who fell for this stupid scamming operation.
4. The experience – how did it feel?
I was shocked about the whole thing and felt upset, but I wasn’t angry at the people who did this to us. Instead I felt bad for them because they had been tricked into sending money for nothing. It’s sad that people can be so stupid and fall for this kind of scam because it can cause a lot of stress in peoples’ lives. It’s actually not fair that people are tricked into losing their money like this, especially when it’s causing so much stress.
5. The lesson – what did you learn from this experience?
The lesson I learned was that I shouldn’t trust my friend and that it’s not worth it to send any cash or money to people like this. I think that we all need to be more careful with our own money and not take the bait when people try to scam us. We need to be smart and avoid these kinds of bad situations if we can.
6. The conclusion- how do you feel now?
I feel like I’m going to be more careful about who I interact with on Facebook from now on because there are some people out there who have no problems taking advantage of people like myself if I let them get close enough to me. This experience has truly made me think about everything because I have never had it happen to me before. So I’m really glad that I read this article so that I could learn from it and not make the same mistakes again.
7. Why did you share this experience?
I shared this experience so that other people could be aware of things like this, because there are a lot of people who fall for these kinds of scams and get tricked into sending their money away. And even though it’s pretty obvious that they are scams, some people still get fooled because they want the money to work out for them and start believing in things that don’t work like they did before (which is kind of crazy.
8. What do you want to share with the world?
The only thing I want to share with the world is how important it is to be careful with your own money and don’t let people trick you into doing or sending anything that you aren’t comfortable with. So many people are losing their money to these scams every day and it’s making a lot of other people upset as well, including me.
9. How could this experience change your life?
This experience has opened my eyes because I’ve always been trusting, but there are some people out there who will take advantage of that and make me lose my trust. So now I’m going to be a little more careful about who I become friends with and spend time with, because it’s not worth the stress.