Beware: SA Facebook profiles clones, used for fraud

South African Facebook profiles are being cloned and used to solicit money

May 28, 2013
facebook matrix logo

South African Facebook profiles are being cloned and used to solicit money, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Computer forensics expert Bennie Labuschagne, told the newspaper that scammers used programs designed to “deep mine” online accounts and bypass security features.

“Cloning is very common and it is now like the 419 scams, only on social networks,” Labuschagne was quoted by The Times as having said.

“A Facebook friend called me to find out why I had sent her a message asking for money online. I then discovered that my page had been duplicated,” Dinesh Ramrathan, one of the victims, told the newspaper.

The imposter claimed that Ramrathan was in trouble and needed money urgently.

University of KwaZulu-Natal associate professor of information systems Manoj Maharaj, said though Facebook could not be hacked because of its hi-tech security features, the affected users might have put themselves at risk by clicking on links to external games, applications, and shopping sites.

“Users are clicking on these links without realising that their information is being passed on. If one of those sites is hacked, their information, such as credit card details, is easily accessible,” Maharaj was quoted as having said.

More on Facebook

Facebook lets friends help unlock accounts

SA police in Facebook spat

Facebook Home, the Trojan Horse

Tags: facebook, Headline, online privacy

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

Which smartphone do you have?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

What’s next for the smartphone?

Nokia X Android smartphone range

It should be no surprise to anyone that many smartphones may have been designed to last about 24 months

Online anonymity: a prized possession

Privacy

Internet use has come full circle, with anonymity becoming prized after years of personal info being shared online, writes Alistair Fairweather

Blocking Islamic State’s online propaganda – good or bad?

Information security privacy password hacking crypto

Before considering whether blocking content damages democracy – it would – instead ask who stands to gain

SABC COO to appeal court-ordered suspension

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng is appealing the Western Cape High Court order on his suspension, the public broadcaster reported on Friday

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)