Guys recorded webcam chat
They’ve lost everything – credit cards, passport, cash, hotel key! Is the friend-in-trouble even in [Foreign Location]? Could you quickly check for an error in the Event Viewer?
They need 00 wired via cash transfer as soon as possible so they can afford to get to their feet. Check via an alternative channel if your friend really is in trouble.
Old scams have a way of seeming new and unexpected when they migrate to a new medium.
In particular, watch out for Stranded in [Foreign Location] scams.
And Skype is now owned by Microsoft, a company you’ve probably also already decided whether you trust or not. Microsoft is much bigger – and used to being much bigger – than Facebook. Many more of those many more developers are involved with security. Fun is good, but like many things, too much fun often gets in the way of security.
(If you are reading this on a Windows computer, an accurate first approximation is that you do.) Microsoft, despite being the archetype of closed-source software vendors, has consistently improved its attitude to security over the past 20 years, when it first wandered into the security field with a badge-engineered version of Central Point Anti-Virus. Perhaps, then, Facebook + Microsoft-by-way-of-Skype will cause some of Redmond’s recognition of the long-term value of security to rub off on the social networking giant. You didn’t ask for help, so even if you think you need help now, consult a real-world friend you know and trust. Here’s some straight-talking advice on this issue: Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. ) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too.
It’s powered by Skype, which is probably an excellent thing.
You have probably already decided whether you trust Skype and its technology, so you’re not sailing entirely into the unknown on that score.
In the meantime, don’t let your guard down just because you’re video calling directly from Facebook, where you’re used to having fun. And watch out for calls from hijacked accounts, or from borderline “friends”, just as you ought to do via any other messaging service, including email. Scammers must be licking their lips at a low-cost way of getting in your face. Facebook has just announced its video chat service, though it’s officially named Video Calling.Presumably that gives it a bit more cachet than a mere “chat” service.
Voices can be hard to recognise reliably on poor-quality links, and video may be unrecognisable. They’re calling from the hacked account of a friend – unusual, of course, but this is an emergency! You probably know the deal: a friend contacts you from an overseas trip. – to advise all the friends of that friend that they, too, may be compromised.