Watch out for scam artists posing as your friend, sending you Facebook chat messages

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Scam artists have a new way of reaching you - through Facebook chat.

Many of us are pretty good at spotting bulk spam messages in our email inbox, but this scam is much more personal.

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It happened to makeup artist Kelly Williams. She was on Facebook when a chat message came in from her cousin. She started to chat with him but then he started talking about how he won a Facebook lottery. Kelly got suspicious and asked him a few personal questions - when he couldn't answer them, the chatting stopped.

I talked to Satnam Narang, a Security Response Manager at Norton. He says this is a new twist on an old scam. Basically, it's a numbers game. It is a real person chatting - they're trying to either get you to click a link that will deliver viruses or malware to your computer, or get you to send some money their way. The account is typically a friend who doesn't frequent Facebook very often, since they won't notice that their login has been compromised.

To protect yourself, be on the lookout for a scam like this and watch the links that you click and the personal information you share, even if it seems like someone you trust.

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