Whether I should try and protect a friend or mind my own business??

We all know internet scams are here to stay. I think most of us, on this site anyway, can spot one easily enough. Which brings me to this. A friend of mine friended a man on Facebook. 'Sam' said he was in the army, has an eight year old son that his mother is keeping while he's stationed in Africa, and that he will retire in September. With full benefits of course and a ranch/business he owns in Texas. 'Karen' isn't a stupid woman but she is lonely and bored. She has one grown son and the same job that she started after high school.
When she told me about him she told me that every one had warned her it was a scam. So I just told her to be careful.
Fast forward two weeks. Now his son has been in a tragic accident and Sam needs two thousand dollars to pay the hospital or his son will be discharged. I hate to see her get ripped off but she's not asked for my opinion and I haven't​ offered it.

If any of you were in this position what would you do?? Would you volunteer your opinion or just keep quiet??

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She will never come crying about it. She'll lose the money, say it didn't work out, and it will never be brought up again.

Kathy, your friend clearly has more money than she needs.

i didnt mean to sound mean. I persenally hate when my frends act dumb. It pisses me off. Nobody should be that carelss.

Gwen, I didn't take it as mean. What we would like to say and what we actually say are usually two different things.

....Years ago I've said that to some friends and to this day they are still not friends.....

This may be too late, but what you've described is a pretty common scam.  Remember Robert Blake, the TV/movie star?  His wife was murdered, and he was a suspect.  Investigation showed that she had been a consummate con artist who used exactly this con with older men (Blake was 65 when they met) she met through classified ads, promising, for example, to visit a new mark whom   she had softened up by sending photos and tapes, but at the last minute coming up with an excuse such as "my sister needs an operation," etc.  She had victims all over the country.

Your friend should know that this really happens.

I think that was one of the biggest reasons that Gubitosi got off on that murder charge. Bonnie did a lot of scams that way and I think there had been threats.

For those who didn't know, Mickey Gubitosi is Robert Blake. His name goes back into Little Rascals days.

CONCLUSION: No money was ever sent and his Facebook page was taken down shortly afterwards.

A happy endng!

This is good. A scammer (most likely male) claimed to be my soul mate not so long ago and was using the name Angela M. Jonak. The Facebook picture of this person was a sexy porn star. I never fell for the scam and told the scammer who the picture really was. Then it ended pretty quickly.

You have to be careful.

Michael, when I was on Facebook I was constantly annoyed by different people trying the scam things. Once I took the page down I haven't been bothered.




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