Woman loses $400 in FarmVille phishing scam, blames Zynga


In another news case taken entirely out of proportion, a Pittsburgh woman was scammed for $400 while playing FarmVille, and is blaming Zynga and Facebook for the withdrawals. Pittsburgh's WTAE news network has reported on a woman who was playing FarmVille on Facebook when she got an instant message from someone she had apparently friend-ed to play the game with. This message contained a link. Without thinking, the woman clicked the link and in an instant gave all of her credit card information to this stranger.

While we don't know the exact manner in which the scammer retrieved her personal information, it's likely that she might have saved her credit card information on Facebook proper, and the link activated a phishing application created to steal users' information. Either that, or she foolishly gave her information over herself, thinking she was speaking to Facebook or Zynga - that particular detail wasn't revealed.

What's more concerning here though is how the woman has responded, by seemingly blaming Zynga and Facebook and expecting them to return the money. Zynga is reportedly investigating the situation, but as they weren't the source of the scam, it's unlikely that this will result in a positive outcome. Facebook itself hasn't responded.

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