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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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There are 19 comments

  • On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Dr William Cottier wrote:

    Karen McLelland is a liar and I do not know her at all. I am amused at what she is saying as I know all the above people that are mentioned as I was married to Leila Pearton and the other three people were my patients and all have legitimate Facebook accounts.These are 4 separate people and I would warn the said person above to be careful as this is defamation of character and slander and she can be sued.

  • On Monday, July 28, 2014, marcella wrote:

    i got a friend request frlm a karen robert sayn i won 500;000usd but also said f.b.i and homeland security know...i need to know if this is real?

  • On Friday, July 25, 2014, Doris M Ackilli wrote:

    Someone is pretending to be me on FaceBook

  • On Thursday, July 10, 2014, ralph wrote:

    They are now blocking wrong people

  • On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, Matt Jerry. wrote:

    I want to report this facebook profile as a scam. She scammed me for $3,500 telling me she love me and she want to be with me.she ask me to send her money for airplane that she is coming to see me this is her facebook link https://m.facebook.com/evelyn.trusty?fref=search. She is a big scammer and a fake woman.

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