Facebook Messenger is a messenger service created by Facebook that allows you to communicate with both your Facebook friends and people on Facebook that are not your friends. I wasn't a big Facebook Messenger user, but on one occasion I had a complete stranger message me to let me know they found my wallet on the street! They used my drivers license information to look me up on Facebook messenger and send me a 'You don't know me but I think I found your wallet' message. I was so grateful!
Facebook continues to expand the capabilities of the Facebook Messenger app, and as it gets more popular, it's no surprise that scammers are thinking of clever ways to exploit Facebook Messenger users.
For example, in this Huffington Post article from October of 2017, Facebook users were warned to be on the lookout for a virus circulating through the Messenger app that tricks people into thinking they've been sent an incriminating video of themselves.
I was personally tricked into thinking I was having a conversation with a parent of one of my friends. I don't see her often, but I assumed she was new to Facebook Messenger and wanted to say 'Hi'. As you can see, the message turned unusual in a hurry.
Here is the full message conversation:
As you can see, it's easy to get tricked into thinking you're having a legitimate conversation with an acquaintance. As soon as she mentioned the $90,000 I thought it was odd but continued the conversation. Being asked to click on a link is a real red flag, so I quickly ended the conversation.
I did report the incident to Facebook following their instructions on How to Report Things, however it is up to each one of us to remain vigilant and end the conversation as soon as you know you're being tricked!