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Weekly Edition - Published  18 April 2016

 

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Keep an eye out for Facebook and Twitter Clone Accounts

WE have seen a surge in fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter over the start of 2016. Check all your requests coming in. These fake accounts can be clone accounts that are aimed at duping you into accepting friend requests etc. Most of these we have found link to porn websites and survey websites. But some go that extra mile... asking you for help, in form of cash. One of our readers has recently had a message that was sent:- "in a panic" from a cloned account. This account claimed the lad, whose profile had been copied, was stuck in an airport without cash. The type of thing you get on SPAM emails. 'He' asked for cash to be sent via Weston Union, so he could get a ticket home. That would have looked odd and to most, it would have been put in the bin, but some people fall for it, as 'it's a friend or relations in need of help'. This type of con is mostly targeted at users whose profiles look like they could be vulnerable or elderly. This face account however was rumbled due to the fake account holder not 100% checking all the friend lists out fully. This message was sent to the user's Mum and at the time he was sat next to her, giving her lessons on how to use Facebook! So always check accounts fully, even when added! Keep an eye on your contacts and see if anything odd is taking place.

 

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