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:
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