My friend Sandra is not the most frequent user of Facebook, and usually contacts me by SMS. So, it seemed immediately strange that she would contact me on Facebook Messenger early on a Sunday morning.
An unfortunate consequence of Facebook separating Messenger off into its own mobile app is that it has become easier for scammers to pull off the ‘cloning’ trick, where they gain a potential victim’s confidence by creating an account with an existing friend’s name and profile picture. No longer do they have to get you to accept a friend request from the cloned account, but a more innocuous message request. They can even deactivate the fake Facebook account after setting it up, but continue to use the deactivated account on Messenger, making it less obvious to Messenger users that it’s a fake.