Better Business Bureau warns about fake Facebook profiles

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 5:45pm

Fake profiles have been around since social media began. So while online scam artists are not a new concept, the Better Business Bureau has been receiving calls from East Texans experiencing a Facebook breach of privacy. Bogus profiles are being made to impersonate ordinary people. 

KETK spoke with Mechele Mills from the BBB, who said, "Basically what they're doing is they're scraping the information off of your Facebook page and creating one that looks exactly like it". These scammers are using your personal information to gain access to social security numbers and friend lists. 

We spoke with many locals who said they, or their friends, have experienced this. One said, "They hacked my friend's credit card information". While another said, "I've already had somebody that's a friend, and then I get another request, and I've heard that people have stolen theirs". 

So this is a serious threat, and the BBB offers tips to keep your information secure. Mills said, "The first thing you want to do is make sure your privacy settings are set. There was a recent survey that indicated 13 million people have not reset or updated their privacy settings since 2012". If you notice a fake or suspicious profile, report it to Facebook.  

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