WILTON — After a resident reported a potential Facebook scam on Tuesday, police issued a warning to others.

The resident reported she was on Facebook when someone she thought was one of her friends signed on, Detective Richard Billian Jr. said.

The friend, who lives in the Central Maine area, told the resident that she had been mugged at gunpoint and was now staying in a hotel. The online friend requested $1,400 to pay for the hotel room and asked the Wilton resident to wire the money via Western Union, he said.

The resident became suspicious and contacted the friend’s mother and found out the story was not true at all. She then discovered that someone had hacked into her account and told the same story and made the same plea to everyone listed as her friend, Billian said.

“The Wilton Police Department just wants people to be aware of the hacker potential from this specific scenario and do as this resident did, confirm who you are talking to by telephone, be cautious, and to not hesitate to contact the police department,” he said in a statement.

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