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Facebook Fake Account

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How the scam works:

Using social media sites like Facebook is a great way to keep up with old friends and connect with new ones. However, it’s also a great venue for scammers to prey upon your family and friends using you as a front for their criminal activity.

In this latest phishing scam, the crooks will use your name and photograph to create a fake Facebook profile; they will then send messages to your Facebook friends about 'claiming a prize'. Sometimes, this prize could be tens of thousands of dollars and the reasons of the winning could be different: Facebook anniversary, lottery draw, etc.

Once the friends reply for more details, they are tricked into giving their personal identification information which then leads to identity theft.

Even worse, there were cases when scammers duplicated official Facebook pages of reknown churches or pastors. They would then send messages to the thousands of fans asking for donations and theye were quite successful in their crime. One example is Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, one of Hawaii's most known public figures.

How to avoid:

At this time, being vigilant is the only real recourse Facebook users have. Do a search for your name and see if “doppelgangers” pop up with your picture. If you do find a phony profile, send a report to Facebooks email, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Facebook has also set up a page where victims can report imposters and notify other users of scams being spread on the popular social networking site.

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  • On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Kathy Dubuque wrote:

    Today I was contacted by Snyder Jessica saying she was from fb headquarters in CA stating that I had win a fb sweepstake and that I could claim my prize. I asked hervif this was a scam and she became offensive. I told her I was not interested. She then replied OK. Then she blocked me.

  • On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, mpoteat wrote:

    I believe this facebook page is a scam. Their entire facebook page is nothing but asking for donations & they fail to provide proof of 501c3 status. I've reported them to facebook but facebook does not have a 'this is a scam' option.

  • On Monday, April 27, 2015, Cecilia Labuschagne wrote:

    I am on facebook i met this man on Topface we starte to talk on facbook he had a account .Then i sae e has 5 fb accounts ehen i ask him he blocked me and oppend a new account but he ask me for 1400 rand i could nrver ser it friends but eith the 3 new account he oppend i saw he has several woman he allso to open a nee account and never accrpt a friend request foim strangewoman but i contact 2 anf he ask them money too
    .Yesterday he block me again i believe he oppend a new account
    His name Fredrick Hopewell Hugh
    Fredrick H Hopewell, Fredrick.Hugh Hopewell. Fredrick Hopewell

  • On Tuesday, February 03, 2015, shondra fuller baylor hugdas wrote:

    i.d theft shondrafuller@yahoo.com fraud alert nt thrid world ingnore shondra2 fraud email usa baylor

  • On Saturday, January 03, 2015, shondra fuller baylor wrote:

    i.d theft shondrafuller@yahoo.com fraud alert nt thrid world ingnore shondra2 fraud email usa baylor

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