Suddenly you find that you’re getting Facebook messages, calls or emails from people stating that you have a friend request from them. OH NO you have been duplicated.
People do this for two reasons in order to scam your friends list with SPAM or with private messages from “you” in order to give you to send them money or buy goods.
They will gather enough information and target friends with something called the‘Grandma Scam.’ The scammer contacts people close to the victim and tells them that they are in trouble of some kind, usually stranded on holidays or desperate for money or arrested or in some other legal trouble, etc. This is accompanied by an urgent plea to send money ASAP
Spam scam links to everyone on their friends list. This is a common social engineering tactic used by online fraudsters. The goal is to use the trust of the victim’s social circle to make the scam more believable. We have seen scam messages promoting diet pills, free gift cards and pleas directing people to check out photos and videos. You know those ones were your friends are suddenly in gym shoe ads or ray ban sunnies. They are so annoying and fill up your wall.
So if you are the person who is duplicated DO THIS
What YOU need to do is send out a private message or email to all your friends with the link that is the false page, now you may not be able to see it as usually the scammer blocks you, if so ask one of your friends to send you the link.
Tell everyone that is a FAKE page and to report it, tell them DO NOT INTERACT with them as you may find you’re the next victim, just report it as often as they can.
Then change your profile and cover photo, if the scammers copies you, change it again and again. If the scammer gets wind of the change of your cover and profile photos they will copy you, try and stay as much ahead of them as you can.
Ask your friends to bombard Facebook with reports that you are being faked profiled. They do this by using the report system on the top right hand side of the FAKE profile next to the message button there is a drop down menu that has a report/block action.
It is important that you upload a status EVERY day with the FAKE LINK telling your friends via the status to be reminded there is a fake person pretending to be you and to NOT interact just to help you report them constantly and do not friend them, that if you have friended them UNFRIEND STRAIGHT AWAY.
Post in your status stating
“There is a FAKE account asking you to be a friend IT IS NOT ME, this photo of me with my dog/cat/husband is the REAL ME,call me if you wish to confirm, DO NOT INTERACT with the fake profile either by status, friends or private message, just report and block the fake one Please and DO NOT accept a friend request from me as we are already friends”.
Pin that status to the top of your page and upload that status every day as well, the pin is to keep it to the top of your page and the status on the wall is to remind those and alert those who may not have seen the pined or past posts.
Recheck your privacy settings are so very TIGHT
If you know someone is have been duplicated HELP them by doing the above as imagine the feeling of guilt, stress, time wasting and pure annoyance if it happened to you, in reality those feelings are magnified 100 fold. YOU would want someone to help you wouldn’t you.
Please note it will take ages for it to come and you will have to ask constantly for Facebook to do something. You have to realise that the fake profiler is probably telling Facebook you’re the fake, further with millions of people on Facebook it could easily be that your name can be duplicated a thousand times and most importantly Facebook needs to really Know and BELIEVE that the other profile is the fake, this will happen only after many times your friends bombard Facebook with the report/block action.
Consider as well Facebook are protecting anyone and everyone and for them they’re unaware of which or whom is the REAL person and it protects your pages from being pulled down without a through search from Facebook as to who is real and who is not.
Sharyn McCaskey from Mdvs Business Services is a well respected Facebook Marketing Specialist, who has trained over 15000 attendees in Facebook Marketing. These include business operators, corporations, not for profits, schools, members of associations and as a representative of some chambers of commerce.
Her seminars are NOT Bait and Sell, everything you need is shared during the workshop, plus you receive 12 months of support, a 62 page intensive how to manual, she is available 24/7 and it also includes attending a second time if you feel you want a refresher – all at NO cost.
She manages a select few clients and was awarded three years in a row, one of Perth’s most influential business people.
Sharyn is a South Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the Year and is constantly a winner or finalist in many business awards, from Business Centres and Chambers of Commerce, including Micro Business Operator in 2015.
Sharyn has flown/driven to 27 regional towns/districts nationally teaching Facebook marketing including the major tourist destination Jindabyne NSW and Ned Kelly Tourist region Jerrilderie NSW.
Most attendees of Sharyn’s seminars are referrals from past clients and her own organic reach is not unheard of to hit 28,000 with 700 likes and the clients whose pages she manages have achieve similar results.
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