Cyber skelms have devised a new strategy to dupe people by using their Facebook profiles to get money from their friends.
The fraudsters clone someone’s Facebook profile and then send new friend requests, claiming their account was hacked or some other pretext.
The skelms then start asking family and friends for geld, claiming they have an emergency.
The fraudsters also provide quick means to transfer the money.
Many people send the money without asking questions or even calling the “friend” in need.
However when asking about the “emergency” a few days later, that is when they learn they’ve been duped.
Nagendra Gupta, a Delhi, India resident says: “Someone created a Facebook profile in my name and started asking money from my relatives and friends in my friend list.”
People have raised the alarm to alert their Facebook friends that their profile has been cloned, reports IANS.
Anyesh Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime says: “Be cautious while sharing personal information on Facebook. Keep your friend list private.
“If you wish to share close-up photos, do only with friends. Keep WhatsApp DP private and visible only to contacts. This will help prevent frauds from attempting through impersonating accounts.”