Mid Argyll Police are warning people to be careful online as there is currently a Facebook scam on the go where someone asks to get money sent to them on the promise that the sender will get a share in a large amount of cash that will be sent on to them.
The circumstances of the current scam are that the person asks to be your ‘Friend’ on Facebook and then asks you to chat on a messenger service – such as Yahoo or MSN.
During the chat the person states that he is a soldier in Afghanistan and has found a large amount of cash and/or jewellery and needs your help to get it out of the country by having the cash sent to you.
The person then explains that he needs some money to pay the shipping costs and this is where people can be persuaded to send money to the person.
Recently one person from the Inveraray area was persuaded in this scam to hand over lost over £500 to such a scam – and lost that money.
Sergeant Iain MacNicol of Lochgilphead Police says: ‘I would urge people to be careful online about who they become ‘friends’ with; and if a scheme about receiving money is suggested and sounds too good to be true then it undoubtedly will be.
‘Do not be duped into sending money or giving out bank account details. If you receive an approach for money, just ignore it and delete and/or block the person from your page.’