The Facebook Clone Scam - How to Prevent
Updated: Apr 20
Most Facebook friend requests come from actual friends, but some are from anonymous people with ulterior motives.
Falling for their tricks could cost you.
Some Scam Artists are using a tactic called Facebook cloning. They steal your Facebook name, add your friends and use your photos to clone your account. In most cases this information is readily available to anyone on Facebook if your profile page is set to "Public" rather than "Friends" or "Friends of Friends". Then they use the fake account to approach your friends and family online.
"Maybe they’re trying to get you to send them money," said Danielle Hatfield, a social media expert and owner of Experience Farm. "However, other scammers are trying to do something a little more nefarious, and that’s steal your identity."
Hatfield said the cloners might even check your statuses to learn to mimic your style of communication.
"When they finally get around to the scam of maybe asking for money, your friends and family will fall for it," Hatfield said.
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Hatfield said that if you come across an account you aren't sure is real, just search it on Facebook to see if you're already friends with that person. If they send you a questionable post or link, give them a call or text message and ask if it's really them. If the account is fake, report it to Facebook immediately.
If your account gets cloned, Hatfield said you should warn others and then check your privacy settings to make sure only friends can view your profile.
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