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8 on Your Side: Woman Harassed by Facebook Scammer

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LAS VEGAS - Social media websites are everywhere, and some people are addicted. Pamela Richardson is one of them. She says Facebook games are her weakness. She says she spends at least 10 hours a day on Facebook.

"At six o'clock in the morning, that is the first thing I do is check my farm, my messages, and I start playing," she said.

Playing these games requires a lot of friends. Richardson admits she will befriend folks on Facebook she's never met before just to keep playing the game.

One of these random friend requests nearly ruined her entire Facebook experience. The person's name was Dorothy Linda.

Linda was quiet at first, but she soon struck up a conversation with Richardson.

"She sent me a chat, and she goes, ‘How was your night?' I am like, ‘Good.' Then, she proceeded to tell me she's a Facebook agent," Richardson said.

Linda was a Facebook agent with amazing news: Richardson won a lottery worth $500 million. Richardson knew it was a scam. That wasn't the problem. The problem was Linda wouldn't leave her alone and kept pestering her for personal information.

"I did not know how to make it stop," Richardson said.

8 on Your Side stepped in and taught her. Blocking someone is easy. Go to your privacy settings, click the ‘blocking' tab, type in the name of the person you wish to block and select ‘block'.

Reporting scammers to Facebook is also easy. Click on your settings tab, select ‘help' and report them. When you do, Facebook quickly deletes the user.

"She's no longer on Facebook," Richardson said of Linda.

The spamming and scamming is finally over for Richardson. She's back to playing games with her real friends and offering advice to other Facebook fans.

"Know who your friends are, or you are going to wind up in this mess and don't believe five hundred million dollars. Come on now," she said.

If you have a problem you want investigated, contact 8 on Your Side at 702-650-1907.

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