Facebook Fake Account

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 Identify Fake Profiles on Facebook Video

 

How to avoid the Fake Facebook Account scam:

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, phish@fb.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.

 

How to report the Fake Facebook Account scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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tim wilcox

!Qfkn scammers

simon

Ive been ask to send money aborad Is it a scram

Jane Chant

Watch out for Rex Maximilian David.He managed to scam money off me. All he wants is your money.

Dayney

Avoid Clapton Jack. He has a fake profile on Facebook.

CINDY HUDSON

SOMEONE STOLE MY PROFILE AND PICTURES, IT WAS HACKERS!!!! PLEASE DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, THANKS
NEED TO SECURE MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT. I ALREADY CHANGE PASSWORDS.

Sherrie Fair

Avoid Mike Lowery. Email MikeLowery341@yahoo.com. This is a fakeprofile. Managed to scam money off of me. Just wants money. Supposedly from UK but is in Lagos, Nigeria.

Jihad K.

The following is a scammer!

"Prince Sunny"

Email address: isunny40404@yahoo.com

He is using a faked paypal account.

kukia80

Avoid Richard Leads. He has a fake profile on Facebook.

Linda Doucette

If you see another facebook with my information disregard it. I only have one account.

char

Avoid James Williams on facebook he is a scammer. He says that he is from Albany, New York but I do not believe he is. He will say he wants to be your man. He will scam you for money. I believe that he has a fake profile picture of him.

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