New Scam Takes Advantage of Facebook Friends

If someone with a name you don't recognize asks you to be friends on Facebook, how do you decide to respond?

According to a new study from the academic journal Information Systems Frontier, you're more likely to accept their request if you share mutual friends — regardless of whether you know them or not.

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In a new technique called "farcing," scammers bet on this as they work groups of Facebook friends in hopes of gaining access to personal data that they then can use to steal identities, according to a story at

So how do you avoid farcing? Some tips, according to

  • As always, think twice before sharing information online. Don't post anything that could become a problem if made public, even if your account settings are on "private."
  • If you don't recognize someone, don't accept their request — even if you do seem to have many mutual friends.
  • Regularly monitor your bank accounts, credit card statements and credit reports to catch attempted fraud and identity theft early. Order your free credit report at

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