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BBB: Facebook Scam

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Fake Facebook profiles have always been a problem nearly as old as the social media site itself and the usual target was brands and celebrities. Now scammers are impersonating ordinary people in attempt to scam their friends and family.
  
After creating a duplicate account, the scammer sends Friend Requests to your existing Facebook Friends. People recognize your name and hit "accept," not realizing that the account is a fake. They don't notice anything is wrong until your imposture starts sending out requests for money and spam links. 
 
Messages and links may be obvious scams when coming from an unknown email address, but they are a lot more credible when shared by a Facebook "Friend." Always be careful what you click, no matter who shares it. 
Help combat fake Facebook accounts by taking the following steps: 
· Always double check Friend Requests and Scan your list of current Friends to see if any show up twice (the newer account is going to be the scam one).
· Don't blindly trust friends' recommendations: Just because a link or video is shared by a friend doesn't mean that it's safe to click.
· Watch for poor grammar: Scam Facebook posts are often riddled with typos and poor English. 
· Alert your friends: If your Facebook Friend suddenly starts posting links to work-at-home schemes or scandalous celebrity videos, tell him or her directly about the suspicious activity. Otherwise, they may never know that their account has been hacked/impersonated. 
· Report fake accounts to Facebook: Facebook does not allow accounts that are pretending to be someone else. 
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