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Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by bennieman: 8:05pm On Jun 18, 2013
In the past, most Facebook fraudsters limited their operations to cloning the accounts of popular Nigerians to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. For instance, a Facebook search of Goodluck Jonathan would produce tens of profiles bearing the President’s photograph and his bio-data.

Just last Friday, the State Security Service paraded an ex- student of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Delta State, Mr. Philip Urieh, for allegedly cloning the Facebook account of Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan. According to the SSS, Urieh used the cloned account to defraud unsuspecting persons to the tune of over N5 million.

However, such a fraud, often perpetrated in the name of top government functionaries, politicians, Nollywood actors and actresses and other celebrities, is now applying to ordinary Nigerians.

Facebook profile cloning is a type of identity theft in which fraudsters make a second profile that looks exactly like your current one. It’s a scam that doesn’t basically require any hacking or guessing of passwords.

The scammer ‘clones’ a Facebook user’s profile, by simply copying and pasting the victim’s profile and cover pictures, contact information, education, work history and every other available information onto the duplicate profile.

These fraudsters also join and like all the Fan pages and groups the victim belongs to, with a view to making it very difficult to spot the duplicated profile as fake. As soon as the duplicate account gets the exact and same look as the victim’s real profile, these fraudsters then go through the victim’s friend’s list and send friend requests to the victim’s actual Facebook friends.

When unsuspecting friends get fooled into accepting friend requests from the cloned profile, they communicate with the fraudster, using the stolen identity. With this, they play the classic “Facebook friend in crisis’’ scam that involves pretending to urgently need money because they are in dire need.

Meanwhile, the smarter scammers, after perfecting the cloning, make attempts to block the real profile with the cloned one. The fraudsters do this by viewing the real profile with the fake account and simply clicking on “Report/block.’’ Once this is done, the victim will never be able to directly know about the existence of the fake profile.

Many prolific users of Facebook in the country say they are witnessing a surge in the cases of what many of them call “Facebook Profile cloning.’’

Our correspondent observes that many Facebook users now urge their friends and associates on the social network not to accept requests from people who appear to be posing as them online.

A Facebook user, Davidson Adejuwon, says on his Facebook wall that he “wrestled’’ to get his account from a fraudster who cloned his profile and warned his friends on the social service never to accept a friend request in his name.

He says, “Warning! warning! warning! Dear friend, please, ignore any friend request in my name on Facebook. I just wrestled my account from the hand of these unscrupulous elements with a stronger password security.

“What they are now up to is to create another Facebook account in my name, using my picture and begin to ask for friend requests as if I’m the one. Apparently, their evil intention is to use my personality to dupe innocent people. Please, do not transact any business with them. Don’t send money and recharge cards. Don’t even believe them.’’

Another Facebook user, Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, who might have also suffered in the hands of these fraudsters, says, “Please, I am not re-sending friend requests. So, please do not re-add me.’’

Editing one’s Facebook privacy settings such that only friends can see one’s posts and access basic information will go a long way in limiting the likelihood of this incident and prevent one’s friends and loved ones from falling victim to the fraudsters’ scheming. Also, steps should be taken to the extent that the privacy settings of each photo album on one’s profile is set in a way that only friends can see them. Changing your profile and cover pictures frequently may also be quite helpful.



http://www.punchng.com/i-punch/beware-facebook-cloning-now-the-order-of-the-day/

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Nobody: 9:40pm On Jun 18, 2013
Clone me and I'm gonna wreck your life by hacking the living daylight outta you.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by oladayo042: 8:40am On Jun 19, 2013
It is quite abnormal to have two Facebook accounts unless the first one already have reached the maximum friends ceiling of 5000. If somebody who is already my friend adds me again with another account, I simply ignore the request.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Nobody: 2:49pm On Jun 19, 2013
Yeppp a friend of mine got cloned.

Whoever wants to clone me dey waste time. Dont put anything on FB lmao.
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by oluwadare26(m): 2:52pm On Jun 19, 2013
Oun Oju wa loju rii
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by JDGarta: 2:52pm On Jun 19, 2013
[b][/b]Good advice. One has to be careful these days.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Jerryjat(m): 2:52pm On Jun 19, 2013
bennieman: In the past, most Facebook fraudsters limited their operations to cloning the accounts of popular Nigerians to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. For instance, a Facebook search of Goodluck Jonathan would produce tens of profiles bearing the President’s photograph and his bio-data.

Just last Friday, the State Security Service paraded an ex- student of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Delta State, Mr. Philip Urieh, for allegedly cloning the Facebook account of Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan. According to the SSS, Urieh used the cloned account to defraud unsuspecting persons to the tune of over N5 million.

However, such a fraud, often perpetrated in the name of top government functionaries, politicians, Nollywood actors and actresses and other celebrities, is now applying to ordinary Nigerians.

Facebook profile cloning is a type of identity theft in which fraudsters make a second profile that looks exactly like your current one. It’s a scam that doesn’t basically require any hacking or guessing of passwords.

Welcome to My Hood....

The scammer ‘clones’ a Facebook user’s profile, by simply copying and pasting the victim’s profile and cover pictures, contact information, education, work history and every other available information onto the duplicate profile.

These fraudsters also join and like all the Fan pages and groups the victim belongs to, with a view to making it very difficult to spot the duplicated profile as fake. As soon as the duplicate account gets the exact and same look as the victim’s real profile, these fraudsters then go through the victim’s friend’s list and send friend requests to the victim’s actual Facebook friends.

When unsuspecting friends get fooled into accepting friend requests from the cloned profile, they communicate with the fraudster, using the stolen identity. With this, they play the classic “Facebook friend in crisis’’ scam that involves pretending to urgently need money because they are in dire need.

Meanwhile, the smarter scammers, after perfecting the cloning, make attempts to block the real profile with the cloned one. The fraudsters do this by viewing the real profile with the fake account and simply clicking on “Report/block.’’ Once this is done, the victim will never be able to directly know about the existence of the fake profile.

Many prolific users of Facebook in the country say they are witnessing a surge in the cases of what many of them call “Facebook Profile cloning.’’

Our correspondent observes that many Facebook users now urge their friends and associates on the social network not to accept requests from people who appear to be posing as them online.

A Facebook user, Davidson Adejuwon, says on his Facebook wall that he “wrestled’’ to get his account from a fraudster who cloned his profile and warned his friends on the social service never to accept a friend request in his name.

He says, “Warning! warning! warning! Dear friend, please, ignore any friend request in my name on Facebook. I just wrestled my account from the hand of these unscrupulous elements with a stronger password security.

“What they are now up to is to create another Facebook account in my name, using my picture and begin to ask for friend requests as if I’m the one. Apparently, their evil intention is to use my personality to dupe innocent people. Please, do not transact any business with them. Don’t send money and recharge cards. Don’t even believe them.’’

Another Facebook user, Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, who might have also suffered in the hands of these fraudsters, says, “Please, I am not re-sending friend requests. So, please do not re-add me.’’

Editing one’s Facebook privacy settings such that only friends can see one’s posts and access basic information will go a long way in limiting the likelihood of this incident and prevent one’s friends and loved ones from falling victim to the fraudsters’ scheming. Also, steps should be taken to the extent that the privacy settings of each photo album on one’s profile is set in a way that only friends can see them. Changing your profile and cover pictures frequently may also be quite helpful.



http://www.punchng.com/i-punch/beware-facebook-cloning-now-the-order-of-the-day/
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by DJDOLA(m): 2:53pm On Jun 19, 2013
Its now high time I leave facebook so dat I can face my book

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Nobody: 2:53pm On Jun 19, 2013
bennieman: In the past, most Facebook fraudsters limited their operations to cloning the accounts of popular Nigerians to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. For instance, a Facebook search of Goodluck Jonathan would produce tens of profiles bearing the President’s photograph and his bio-data.

Just last Friday, the State Security Service paraded an ex- student of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Delta State, Mr. Philip Urieh, for allegedly cloning the Facebook account of Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan. According to the SSS, Urieh used the cloned account to defraud unsuspecting persons to the tune of over N5 million.

However, such a fraud, often perpetrated in the name of top government functionaries, politicians, Nollywood actors and actresses and other celebrities, is now applying to ordinary Nigerians.

Facebook profile cloning is a type of identity theft in which fraudsters make a second profile that looks exactly like your current one. It’s a scam that doesn’t basically require any hacking or guessing of passwords.

The scammer ‘clones’ a Facebook user’s profile, by simply copying and pasting the victim’s profile and cover pictures, contact information, education, work history and every other available information onto the duplicate profile.

These fraudsters also join and like all the Fan pages and groups the victim belongs to, with a view to making it very difficult to spot the duplicated profile as fake. As soon as the duplicate account gets the exact and same look as the victim’s real profile, these fraudsters then go through the victim’s friend’s list and send friend requests to the victim’s actual Facebook friends.

When unsuspecting friends get fooled into accepting friend requests from the cloned profile, they communicate with the fraudster, using the stolen identity. With this, they play the classic “Facebook friend in crisis’’ scam that involves pretending to urgently need money because they are in dire need.

Meanwhile, the smarter scammers, after perfecting the cloning, make attempts to block the real profile with the cloned one. The fraudsters do this by viewing the real profile with the fake account and simply clicking on “Report/block.’’ Once this is done, the victim will never be able to directly know about the existence of the fake profile.

Many prolific users of Facebook in the country say they are witnessing a surge in the cases of what many of them call “Facebook Profile cloning.’’

Our correspondent observes that many Facebook users now urge their friends and associates on the social network not to accept requests from people who appear to be posing as them online.

A Facebook user, Davidson Adejuwon, says on his Facebook wall that he “wrestled’’ to get his account from a fraudster who cloned his profile and warned his friends on the social service never to accept a friend request in his name.

He says, “Warning! warning! warning! Dear friend, please, ignore any friend request in my name on Facebook. I just wrestled my account from the hand of these unscrupulous elements with a stronger password security.

“What they are now up to is to create another Facebook account in my name, using my picture and begin to ask for friend requests as if I’m the one. Apparently, their evil intention is to use my personality to dupe innocent people. Please, do not transact any business with them. Don’t send money and recharge cards. Don’t even believe them.’’

Another Facebook user, Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, who might have also suffered in the hands of these fraudsters, says, “Please, I am not re-sending friend requests. So, please do not re-add me.’’

Editing one’s Facebook privacy settings such that only friends can see one’s posts and access basic information will go a long way in limiting the likelihood of this incident and prevent one’s friends and loved ones from falling victim to the fraudsters’ scheming. Also, steps should be taken to the extent that the privacy settings of each photo album on one’s profile is set in a way that only friends can see them. Changing your profile and cover pictures frequently may also be quite helpful.



http://www.punchng.com/i-punch/beware-facebook-cloning-now-the-order-of-the-day/


please what is facebook?

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by doppler999(m): 2:54pm On Jun 19, 2013
FB is all crap,owned by the superpower & all personal info are being stored.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Jerryjat(m): 2:54pm On Jun 19, 2013
bennieman: In the past, most Facebook fraudsters limited their operations to cloning the accounts of popular Nigerians to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. For instance, a Facebook search of Goodluck Jonathan would produce tens of profiles bearing the President’s photograph and his bio-data.

Just last Friday, the State Security Service paraded an ex- student of Ogwashi-Uku Polytechnic, Delta State, Mr. Philip Urieh, for allegedly cloning the Facebook account of Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan. According to the SSS, Urieh used the cloned account to defraud unsuspecting persons to the tune of over N5 million.

However, such a fraud, often perpetrated in the name of top government functionaries, politicians, Nollywood actors and actresses and other celebrities, is now applying to ordinary Nigerians.

Facebook profile cloning is a type of identity theft in which fraudsters make a second profile that looks exactly like your current one. It’s a scam that doesn’t basically require any hacking or guessing of passwords.


The scammer ‘clones’ a Facebook user’s profile, by simply copying and pasting the victim’s profile and cover pictures, contact information, education, work history and every other available information onto the duplicate profile.

These fraudsters also join and like all the Fan pages and groups the victim belongs to, with a view to making it very difficult to spot the duplicated profile as fake. As soon as the duplicate account gets the exact and same look as the victim’s real profile, these fraudsters then go through the victim’s friend’s list and send friend requests to the victim’s actual Facebook friends.

When unsuspecting friends get fooled into accepting friend requests from the cloned profile, they communicate with the fraudster, using the stolen identity. With this, they play the classic “Facebook friend in crisis’’ scam that involves pretending to urgently need money because they are in dire need.

Meanwhile, the smarter scammers, after perfecting the cloning, make attempts to block the real profile with the cloned one. The fraudsters do this by viewing the real profile with the fake account and simply clicking on “Report/block.’’ Once this is done, the victim will never be able to directly know about the existence of the fake profile.

Many prolific users of Facebook in the country say they are witnessing a surge in the cases of what many of them call “Facebook Profile cloning.’’

Our correspondent observes that many Facebook users now urge their friends and associates on the social network not to accept requests from people who appear to be posing as them online.

A Facebook user, Davidson Adejuwon, says on his Facebook wall that he “wrestled’’ to get his account from a fraudster who cloned his profile and warned his friends on the social service never to accept a friend request in his name.

He says, “Warning! warning! warning! Dear friend, please, ignore any friend request in my name on Facebook. I just wrestled my account from the hand of these unscrupulous elements with a stronger password security.

“What they are now up to is to create another Facebook account in my name, using my picture and begin to ask for friend requests as if I’m the one. Apparently, their evil intention is to use my personality to dupe innocent people. Please, do not transact any business with them. Don’t send money and recharge cards. Don’t even believe them.’’

Another Facebook user, Onikepe Oluwadamilola Owolabi, who might have also suffered in the hands of these fraudsters, says, “Please, I am not re-sending friend requests. So, please do not re-add me.’’

Editing one’s Facebook privacy settings such that only friends can see one’s posts and access basic information will go a long way in limiting the likelihood of this incident and prevent one’s friends and loved ones from falling victim to the fraudsters’ scheming. Also, steps should be taken to the extent that the privacy settings of each photo album on one’s profile is set in a way that only friends can see them. Changing your profile and cover pictures frequently may also be quite helpful.



http://www.punchng.com/i-punch/beware-facebook-cloning-now-the-order-of-the-day/


Welcome to My Hood....
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Tunjman(m): 2:55pm On Jun 19, 2013
Dem say some people dey hack person fb account...Hack my account make enemy wire tap your conversation with God...Create another Facebook account with my name make dem impersonate you collect your blessing...Use my photograph for mischief make devil carry your body go commit crime...You better download the latest version of your brain before you enter trouble with the outdated version.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by kokoye(m): 3:00pm On Jun 19, 2013
Simple:

Deactivate your facebook account...and stay off.

Easy to say right? I know! smiley

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by supaeagles(m): 3:02pm On Jun 19, 2013
In order to safeguard one self and to avoid becoming a victim, one should be wary of the amount of personal information shared on FB, NL, google + .... etc

PS: na wa for some of the comments .... the long article will be quoted only to post 2-3 words - smh

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by TexasCowboy(m): 3:04pm On Jun 19, 2013
Really appalling! Blame it on the high level of unemployment and hunger in the land. Some people will go to any extent to defraud their fellow citizens. Whats the need for fb anyways? A site that has ended many relationships. Close down fb I say!
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by effisyman: 3:04pm On Jun 19, 2013
This is the danger pose by social network.

Hopewe all learn to keep our secrets secret.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by TexasCowboy(m): 3:06pm On Jun 19, 2013
Texas.Cowgirl:
Yeppp a friend of mine got cloned.

Whoever wants to clone me dey waste time. Dont put anything on FB lmao.


No need being on facebook then. sad
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by supaeagles(m): 3:12pm On Jun 19, 2013
^^^
Are Texas cowgirl and cowboy an NL couple? Or is cowboy(3 posts ) a male clone of cowgirl (4221 posts)
How ironic... on a thread discussing cloning on FB

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by demelza: 3:13pm On Jun 19, 2013
^^There's a Texas cowboy
@OP, Cant remember the last time I was active on facebook. That thing is just there to spy on my friends.
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Nobody: 3:19pm On Jun 19, 2013
Cheiiii ths thing of cloning must b put to an END!!
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by dridowu: 3:21pm On Jun 19, 2013
Boyz are not smiling
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by olempe(m): 3:22pm On Jun 19, 2013
Beware of what you share on FB!
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Aphrygian(m): 3:32pm On Jun 19, 2013
Wats cloning?is it anoda name for bombharri or Tinubu?.am not a product of yaba left oooooooo,make anybody no wele me
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by dulphines: 3:42pm On Jun 19, 2013
bbpreye.:



please what is facebook?

A book that people's faces are drawn. Author: Goodluck Jonathan.

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Adedayo516(m): 3:47pm On Jun 19, 2013
bbpreye.:



please what is facebook?
So, you quoted the whole post to write this?!.........How you take escape for where them chain you

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Tochi4life: 3:50pm On Jun 19, 2013
DJDOLA: Its now high time I leave facebook so dat I can face my book
When typed this, you felt great abi?
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by ichommy(m): 4:13pm On Jun 19, 2013
Okay
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by JUO(m): 4:16pm On Jun 19, 2013
somebody logged into my account from brazil and sent this to all my contacts. gmail is still the best. those of you using yahoomail becareful. i had no option than to change my password to symbols

Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by Nobody: 4:25pm On Jun 19, 2013
Adedayo516: So, you quoted the whole post to write this?!.........How you take escape for where them chain you

Lmaooooo grin

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Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by nairacodedcom(m): 4:27pm On Jun 19, 2013
NICE POST
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by imsuboi(m): 4:31pm On Jun 19, 2013
Why won't cloning prevail when our youths are basically jobless?
Re: Beware, Facebook Cloning Now The Order Of The Day by JUO(m): 4:32pm On Jun 19, 2013
is yahoo hacking my mailbox?

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