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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 21 comments

  • On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Nancy Harvey wrote:

    Please HELP me get rid of the phoney fb acct under my name that is preying on my friends!
    this is my second request here!
    I changed passwords twice!
    Do I need to change my email acct totally?

  • On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Nancy Oliver Harvey wrote:

    I have been hacked and another account with my photo is on facebook
    Please help me delete that fake account . I have warned my friends

  • 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

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