How Users Can Protect Themselves from Dangerous Scam
Added: (Tue Nov 14 2017)
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If you have not yet heard about Facebook cloning, chances are you will be learning about it soon. You can only hope that the lesson about Facebook cloning will come in the form of a news story instead of a costly personal experience!
USA Today recently ran an expose on the emerging threat of Facebook cloning, including what users should watch out for and why they need to use caution even when talking to their Facebook friends.
The concept behind Facebook cloning is as simple as it is evil. In a typical Facebook cloning scenario, a criminal steals a legitimate Facebook name, adds the victim’s friends to the fake profile, hijacks their personal photos and creates a whole new online identity.
The creation of the cloned Facebook account is only the first step: the real goal is to steal from the friends and family members of the victim. In some cases, the owner of the cloned Facebook profile may pretend to be in trouble–a new twist on the popular travel scam. The Facebook cloner may claim to be trapped in a foreign country, with no money or means of getting home. The idea, of course, is that their well-meaning Facebook friends will pony up the money and help them in their time of need. At the end of the day, those generous friends are out a lot of money, and the Facebook criminal skips happily away.
Other perpetrators of Facebook clone sites seek to steal passwords, personal data and identities, taking the scam a troubling step farther. Since the victims of the Facebook scam think they are talking to friends, they may not be as cautious, and they may give up significant amounts of personal data. If you use Facebook, you need to be aware of this new scam and get ready to fight back.
There are ways to fight back against the growing scourge of Facebook cloning in particular, and against online scams in general. Until now, many people assumed that Facebook was a safe place to connect with old friends and make new ones, and that all Facebook users were properly authenticated before being given entry.
The emergence of Facebook cloning has proven definitively that this is not the case. While the popular social network does have some safeguards in place, it is all too easy for the bad guys to make it through, creating fake profiles, extorting money from trusting individuals, stealing identities and wreaking all kinds of havoc.
Luckily for Facebook users, there is a better way to surf the web. A new type of Internet is emerging, and it promises to nip growing online dangers like Facebook cloning in the bud. By requiring that all new users authenticate themselves and verify their identity, this new internet browser promises a safer online experience, protecting users and keeping them safe from the scams and fake profiles that have proliferated in recent years.
Since everyone who signs on to use “The New Internet” must identify themselves and verify their identities, the other users automatically know who they are talking to. Just as importantly, those other users know that the person on the other side of the screen is really who they say they are. No more Russian hackers posing as innocent grandchildren, and no more innocent grandmas giving up their life savings to the bad guys.
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