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Woman falls victim to Facebook profile 'cloning' scam
During the scam, the victim said she had two chat sessions going. One was with a supposed Facebook lottery agent who wanted a $600 electronic cash transfer before shipping $70,000 in prize money. The other was with her cloned Facebook friend, who assured her the prize was legitimate.
"If my brother called and told me I won something, I'd say, 'You're scamming me,'" said David Rienzo, a lawyer who works for the N.H. Attorney General's consumer and anti-trust division.
"The (Canadian) Mounties are great," he said. "If it's coming from Uzbekistan, we're out of luck."
• Don't accept friend requests from people you don't know; the person may end up cloning your page.
• Don't accept friend requests from people who are already your friends; they are likely sent by a clone.
• Report an imposter to Facebook.
• Beware of improper English or unusual spellings in chat conversations or emails.
According to the chat that the Raymond woman provided to the New Hampshire Union Leader, the agent took information such as her name and address. The agent asked the woman to keep the notification of the prize money secret, citing security reasons.
It's then that the woman realized she had been conned.
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