So this morning I get a chat message on Facebook from someone I haven't talked to in a while. He's a very smart IP lawyer. I respond and ask him how he is, and he says terrible. He's been mugged on a trip to London, he says. Oh coitus, says I. Need help with anything? Why yes, says he, now that you mention it. All that I have left is my passport. Could you loan me a few bucks by Western Union? I'll pay you back when I get back to LA.
Even in my morning-fogged, kid-distracted, caffeine-jonesing, not-too-smart-to-begin-with mind, alarm bells ring. A quick Google seems in order. Oh look, it's a new scam. I email the link to the fellow who has taken over my friend's Facebook account. Then the conversation gets awkward.
My point: this friend is a very smart and tech-savvy lawyer. Yet somehow, someone compromised his Facebook password. Odds are they did that when he bit on a phishing overture.
Be careful out there.
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