Good time to show your students some safety tips. Spend 5 mins with them today.
What these scammers do is look for folks that have their Facebook friends list public, then they simply copy an account make it look pretty much the same as the original, and go round and send friend requests to all the friends from that copied account. They will then send a message to all the friends with some scam, in this case, it was a so called “Facebook Poker” scam.
This is not a hack, you don’t need to change your password. Cover photos and profile photos can be easily downloaded and used for fake accounts on Facebook, so it’s so easy to copy a profile. They don’t need to break or hack into your account to copy it.
If you get a friend request from an existing Facebook Friend, check the profile it came from, and then do a search in the Facebook search bar for the same name and see if there are identical ones. The profile with the fewer friends and less posts and pictures will most likely be the fake. Contact your friend via the real account and ask them if they have set up a new account, because there is a new one going around sending friend requests. They need to report it to Facebook (details below).
To avoid being scammed or having your friends scammed you need to hide your Facebook friends list from Public View. I share this privacy setting at every single talk I give…It’s my number 1 tip because if you leave your friends list public, it can cause so many problems, which I won’t go into here.
To hide your friends list onFacebook see pic below and the following instructions. (Note: You can’t do this on an iPad or Phone only P.C)
Go to your Facebook profile, not the Home Page (click your name top middle of top blue banner to get there) Then click on your “friends tab” Under your cover picture. Once you have your friends list open move your cursor up to the top right and click the pencil icon at top right. Click pencil “Manage” and then “Edit Privacy” and set both settings by clicking them one by one, to the most secure setting, they both have to be set to “Only Me”
If everyone knew this privacy setting it would stop many of the scams and blackmail in Facebook. This is especially vital for Teen accounts it helps prevent blackmail for nudes (yes that’s a thing…)
Also, every now and then it’s a good idea to search for your own profile name in the Facebook search bar, to see if there is an unauthorised copy of your account.
If you do see a copied/Fake account you should report it to Facebook as a fake. Go to the fake profile and click the three dot panel … Next to the Message Tab, click report from the drop down menu, and go through the step by step to report it as a fake account.
The Fake account will be taken down very quickly as it was last night after some of this ladies friends and the victim herself reported it. The lady I helped last night had over 400 friends and within about 1/2 an hour over 41 people had accepted a new friend request from the fake account, several had already been messaged by the scammer with the scam offer. You have to move fast to prevent your friends from being duped.
Please hide your friends lists to keep all of us safe and tell your friends!