How the scam works:
(with video below) 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 renown churches or pastors. They would then send messages to the thousands of fans asking for donations and they were quite successful in their crime. One example is Pastor Wayne Cordeiro, one of Hawaii's most known public figures.
Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the Facebook profile contacting you is a fake one.
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 Facebook's email, email@example.com. Facebook has also set up a page where victims can report impostors and notify other users of scams being spread on the popular social networking site.
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In May 2015 a guy named Adriel Ephraim wanted to be my friend on Facebook . He says he is from Santa Monica California USA and is a marine engineer. People he is a scammer. He says he had to go work overseas in Thailand and Saudi Arabia. Be alert he just want money and nothing else. Check him on Facebook . Different Facebook accounts and different universities.
i also had the same experience..got a guy from UK,said that he loves me & wanna see me end of this month (august 2015) but suddenly he asked of my address coz he wanna send parcel,i thought just simple things,but when he message me i was really shock..here is his message "Honey their is an envelop inside the red Louis Vuitton bag, its contain £45,500.00 British Pounds,"..then after 3 days a lady call me & asked me to pay for the tax of the said parcel..i'm not that stupid..who will give u that amount that u even don't know the person..just chat with the person for 2 weeks..scammers are crazy people..
I had a same story on scammer named "Robert Owens" from Manchaster City, Uk. He offers me gift and so kind to give many gift, ask me about my favorite hobby, shoes size, hand bag and even any else gift that i want. He told me that he like to giving to other person and this is special from new friend. Luckly i dont give my home address i gave my office address, no phone and also email. After 2 days someone from my local person call me and ask me to pay some money before i should received it. I told her i refused to accept but she told that i also have to pay to return the parcel to the sender. From that i realize this is scams. I track the parcel no with the courier comp. it is not exist. It is fake parcel, and the charges not reasonable, insane ... More than the good's price. I block his account and also phone number from anyone that i not know....
There is an individual who is has numerous fb accounts she is calling herself earlene McCullough in spokane wa.She also is calling herself linda baxter of newport Tennessee. She is calling herself earlene McCullough in newport Tennessee, there is also a blonde woman who is calling herself. The same on both pages, she or they have scamme me for over a thousand dollars .avoid them.
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.
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