Here’s a new scam for you. My other half just received notification and congratulations that he had achieved gold membership status on Facebook and therefore qualified for a big pay-out in US bucks (and it’s millions).

He was “advised to contact our Executive Secretary for further directives on how to receive your award sum”.

All they want, so far, is his full name, address and qualification numbers (these were handily provided). There was even a contact, Mrs Lori Goler, listed as the Facebook award officer.

There was just one hitch in all this. You guessed it. Husband has never been on Facebook. But as at January 2012, Facebook has more than 800 million active users. So someone, somewhere, is going to fall for it. •