Tuesday, June 1, 2010

***Free Scam*** (a serious post)

Did anyone else get this facebook invite from "Samuel Colquitt"?

Samuel invited you to "***Free_$$1000_Best_Buy_Giftcard***" today.

Event: ***Free_$$1000_Best_Buy_Giftcard***
Start Time: Today, May 31 at 8:30am
End Time: Thursday, July 29 at 4:00am



For obvious reasons I will not be attending this event. I am however thinking about sending the Facebook team an email letting them know that spammers are using our friend's account for their nefarious and much asterisk'd scams.

What do you guys think? I'm afraid that maybe they'll close the account if they know he is not alive. On the other hand, I do not think this is cool.
Maybe an option is to figure out how to log in and do a little house cleaning, make it look like he is the one complaining about the spam. But that would set up a web of lies, and possibly freak people out. Imagine:

/log into facebook/sign into chat/"oh hey, Sam is online"/..../"whaaaaaat???"/freak out.

His account was either targeted randomly, or because of his inactivity. Or I guess b/c of a chain of people with some relation to him that have the same thing sending from their accounts. Or it generated from my account. But who knows for sure.
Thoughts?

Just ran into these:
Official form-
http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=deceased
And this is generally usless, but has a few good posts-
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2373072738&topic=22671

It could be a mistake to have him not show up in certain searches. Who makes these descisions? For instance, our children might wonder in 70 years what our tattoos mean, or why there is a 1000 foot tall (and a-rouuuund) tree at Upton.

long live 122,
seanathan

p.s. i know there are people who know my passwords and bank details yadda yadda. i hope you all have the same type of info in the hands of someone you trust. maybe in the future, directions for you online persona will be a standard part of wills.

10 comments:

Micky said...

Has anyone filled out one of those forms to memorialize his account. It sounds like a good idea if we can. I agree that it could freak some people out if he all of a sudden signs into chat, but whoever (if anyone) has his acct information could possibly make a wall post about it to inform everyone what has happened. *shrugs* I don't know...

Either way I vote for the option that keeps his facebook up and running. I enjoy going thru it every once in awhile and seeing all of the wallposts and seeing how much he was loved, and how he has touched so many lives, even after his death...a teacher forever =)

rabbit! said...

yeah, i got that too. i dont know if it makes any difference but i went in and changed his password after it happened

rabbit! said...

from what i read in their help section it sounds like the only way that could come from an inactive account is a hacked password, so hopefully the problem is solved. if you guys want i can make a post about it, but i feel a little weird about publicly messing with his account.

seanlb said...

yeah rabbit, i don't want to mess with his account either. i'm just glad to know you still have the password and stuff.

what does everyone else think we should do?

aaron said...

I am for the memorialization effort

Katie! said...

i got that thing too. sounds like rabbit solved it with changing the password. how do we know that they'll keep the account up if we memorialize it? i feel like fb is shady enough to start deleting things. or would find some reason to get rid of a technically inactive page.

sarah evil said...

i got it too. it pissed me off too.

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josephine terese said...

speaking of spam, i am annoyed with the annoying spammy comments on our blog. BY THE WAY.

it seems like if rabbit is ok with keeping the responsibility of sam's account, it can just stay as-is. but if people keep hacking it, then memorializing it seems ok. as a back-up plan?

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