Lubbock Man Lured Into Giving Fake Facebook Friend Money

It's now common to meet friends and even your spouse through a computer screen, but we saw first-hand it can be risky.
“I felt sick, I felt really sick.”

It started with a simple friend request on Facebook.

“So much was just going through my mind because, it’s like, I talked to this girl for two and a half months and told her almost everything about me.”

We've hidden the victim’s true identity and changed his name to "Ray."

“When I go into work sometimes I always have that feeling like is she around,” said Ray, “For some reason she knew a lot of things about me .”

Ray said Allison's Facebook showed the two went to the same high school and enjoyed doing the same things.

“She showed interest in me,” said Ray, “Eventually I thought it could lead up to a relationship later on.”

After only two weeks of chatting on Facebook, Allison started asking for help.

“She would always tell me to go to Western Union to send her money because she never had time to meet up with me,” said Ray.

After multiple request for money, Ray said he started questioning Allison.

“I told her I have a feeling you're not real, then that's when she just got really mad.”

So, Ray asked her to prove herself to him.

They both agreed to meet at the mall.

“She never showed up,” said Ray.

Ray thought she might've forgotten or lost track of time, but Allison was there.

“She told me, ‘I seen you, you just looked busy eating,’ and I’m like, ‘Well you know, I was suppose to eat with you,’ you know, ‘how come you didn’t just come up to me?’”

“Finally that’s when I told her, ‘I think we should stop talking, because I think you are not who you say you are.’”

Willing to prove herself she told Ray to meet her at one of the mall's department stores.“She’s like, ‘Oh, well I’m over here at this other store.’”

“So, I go down stairs to find her and you know that’s when I didn’t see anything.”

Hours later, while at work, someone was asking for Ray.

“I go out and I’m thinking it’s just a customer, she’s like, “Hey, it’s me, Allison,’ and I’m like ‘Allison from Facebook?’”

Rays said that’s when she started confessing.

“I was just like, ‘Why would you lie, why would you pretend to be someone else?’”

“She told me she had like low self esteem and that talking to me like helped her just be herself.”
Ray stood there shocked staring at a completely different person.

“You know it’s something you see on T.V.”

He compared his situation to MTV's show "Catfish," where couples who've only communicated through computer screens often times find out someone is lying about who they are.

“I guess I was just so amazed by the way she looked on her picture,” said Ray.

“Whenever you get on social media and you are doing things like that you leave yourself open to lots of different things,” said Sergeant Jason Lewis with the Lubbock Police Department.

He said if a person stands to lose something the impersonator could face charges.

“Just her telling me that she seen me but didn’t come up to me, I mean it’s pretty scary,” said Ray.

Sergeant Lewis said to protect yourself from online predators it’s best to only talk to people you personally know or have met.

He says if you ever feel threatened its best to call police.

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