It's not just the gullible who fall for Facebook scams

Anyone can be fooled, given the proper state of mind

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Got one of those messages from a Facebook friend this morning:

"If you received a message from my FB account regarding a link to a video, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO OPEN THE LINK. It is a virus that will forward itself to all of your FB Friends. Thanks."

(Facebook crowd adds insult to Romney's injury)

The link he had clicked on to bring on this annoyance is the sort that the tech savvy like to believe themselves too street-smart to fall for. Here was the message: 

"hahahahahaha i cant belieeve whaaat youu did in thisss videeo its sooo rediculousss! For somee reason It's not lettinng me post this so remoove the I's out of thee linnkk so it worksss."

I'd like to think I would have side-stepped that one without much thought of clicking on it, and so would the vast majority of you. But we're not looking at it from the same perspective that my Facebook friend was looking at it. He explains:

"(My wife's) grandson has been living on the streets and no one's heard from him in weeks.  I went to his FB page to see if there's been any recent activity.  I saw the posting regarding a video of him which I thought would at least prove that he's alive.  I clicked on it and got the virus.  I didn't know it then forwarded itself to my FB Friends. 

"Luckily, I never use FB and only have a handful of Friends.  (Two people) called me last night asking why I sent them a video.  It didn't click till the second call that my account was sending out the virus.  I tried to help my wife find (her grandson) and got a virus instead. 

"No good deed goes unpunished."

Looking at it from that perspective, I might have clicked on that link, too. We're not as immune as we'd like to believe.

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