Facebook and Identity Fraud

February 9, 2008

Facebook continues to have problems.  Michael Arrington posted about a Moroccan man who created a facebook profile of a Moroccan King’s brother.  This is not new.  A couple months ago a lot of NHL players (especially Mike Fisher) were having problems with people creating facebook profiles of them and impersonating them. Many people say that it is what comes with being a celeb.  Others say that stars should stay away from having facebook profiles etc… that could be easily impersonated. It is, a type of identity fraud, and could be very damaging to those being impersonated.  But how do you stop this?  You can’t.  People just have to realize that stars wouldn’t make it that easy for people to hound them with questions.  That’s why many have unlisted phone numbers, and don’t tell people where they live.So.  If you find a celebrity on facebook, chances are it isn’t them. –Jerry 

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3 Responses to “Facebook and Identity Fraud”

  1. davecanvin Says:

    I think if you’re a public figure you should sort of expect to be impersonated on Facebook. I did some searching out of curiousity and found a couple of funny profiles:

    Osama bin Laden
    Alexander Keith
    Ronald McDonald

    and somehow someone made one of those Politician profiles for Grimace, the fat purple blob from McDonalds.

    Hilarious

  2. wattsy Says:

    Yeah its interesting the amount of results you get when you search some peoples names.
    Wayne Gretzky came up with around 30 different results.
    Captain Morgan came up in a number of different results (facebook groups, events, including people with his name haha.)

  3. mellaz Says:

    What? Osama bin Laden on Facebook if he truly was on Facebook the FBI would’ve caught him a while, that would funny and Facebook get the award $10,000,000.00 but did you notice that Osama changed his privacy settings so nobody views his profile, is not he intelligent?


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