June 15, 2024
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This scam is a variation of the common “impersonation scam” or “Facebook cloning scam.” Here’s how it typically works:

1. **Impersonation**: Scammers create fake profiles on Facebook that mimic the identity of someone you know, such as a friend or family member.

2. **Friend Request**: They send you a friend request from this fake profile. Sometimes, they might use a profile picture and information from the real person’s account.

3. **Acceptance**: If you accept the friend request, they can see your friends, photos, and other information on your profile.

4. **Messenger Scam**: After gaining access to your friend list, they may message you pretending to be the person they are impersonating. In this case, it could be a message like “looked who dies,” which is likely an attempt to pique your curiosity.

5. **Clickbait Link or Scam**: The scammer might send you a link, claiming it leads to some shocking or sensational news related to the person they are impersonating. They may also ask for money, personal information, or engage in other malicious activities once they have your trust.

To protect yourself from such scams:

– Be cautious of friend requests from people you don’t personally know.
– Check the authenticity of profiles by comparing the information and photos with what you know about the person.
– Avoid clicking on suspicious links or providing personal information to anyone online.

It’s essential to stay vigilant and educate yourself and others about online scams to prevent falling victim to them.

At Stamp Out Scam/ScamTV we play a crucial role in raising awareness about these types of scams and helping people protect themselves from online fraud. Part of this effort includes posting informative news pieces such as this on from CBS 4 News in Indianapolis. #Shorts

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