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However, I think (not sure) I have discovered a very sophisticated Facebook scam, and wanted to warn blog readers about it -- and also ask if anybody else has been hit by the same thing.

Has anybody else out there gotten similar requests recently?

Privacy and social networking websites Privacy and the law What if someone has taken a picture or video of me doing something private? Protecting your privacy What can I do if my personal privacy has been invaded?

Most social media websites have privacy settings that users can set based on their preferences.

These privacy settings allow you to choose who can and can’t view your profile, photos, posts, etc.

Depending on your privacy settings, teachers, employers or people you don't know, may be able to see your posts.

Even after you delete photos, chat logs and other information from your account, sites like Facebook store this data for long periods of time and may choose to share this data with other companies.

Blog readers will know that I am a real Facebook fan, and it has been just amazing to see the spread of Facebook among folks working in the government (and in the tech industry serving government).

At this point, government folks run just about neck and neck with students/former students as the largest category of my Facebook friends, and I really believe Facebook is a very easy-to-use, low-cost way to create social bonds among people who don't see each other all the time, which in the context of government can really be helpful in a world calling for more and more cross-organizational collaboration.

This generally happens to me about once every week or two -- the people are typically faculty or students in Third World countries, or strange motivational speakers and similar types whose pages show they have 3,000 Facebook friends.

The motivational speakers I just ignore, but otherwise I typically send people back a message and ask them about themselves and why they friended me on Facebook.

It’s important to protect your own personal information and the personal information of others.