Facebook Fraud: How You Can Protect Yourself

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Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) –- Chertoff Group Principal Richard Falkenrath discusses social media scams like the one that happened to Trish Regan on Facebook over the weekend. He speaks to Matt Miller and Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Which is that you do not really know if anyone is who you think or who they portray themselves to be online.

Other than a track record of interactions who show them to be the real trish regan.

There are a lot of public personalities that have had problems like this.

There are two broad forms of fraud going on.

One is a very tailored specific impersonation of you.

That is out of your friends.

That is a less common form.

The more common is mass-produced identity and account creation.

In this particular case, they were messaging all of my fans, people that follow my account, striking up conversations with them.

And then asking for sensitive financial information.

Facebook relies on those interactions to catch the people.

They have a number of systems in place to deal with the problem, but it is heavily reliant on reporting on users and the person in person made it.

I felt like every minute and hour that went by, someone was at risk.

How did you figure it out?

One of our producers said were you chatting with me last night on facebook?

I said no, and i grabbed my phone to make sure my face but it -- the baby had not sent messages.

I said no.

They actually targeted another friend as well his started getting suspicious and started asking questions like when was the last time we saw each other?

Facebook, like twitter, are very reliant on people to get suspicious about interactions and then report it.

They're not as good at catching it at the very first creation.

What about the chances of catching the perpetrator?

Zero.

Their sanction is to shut the account down.

It is not clear it was a violation of law.

It is not at all clear that impersonating you.

Using my pictures and identity is not illegal?

We do not know what country they are in.

If they are in the u.s., there is something called free speech.

It defends a lot of objectionable behavior.

That is crazy.

Welcome to american democracy.

A goes further than this.

This is what a lot of kids are dealing with right now in the ball being space where people assume their identity and message their friends.

There are certain kinds of content that would be illegal.

If it were pornography, that is illegal for separate reasons.

Or facebook, they are only worried about terms of service.

Whoever did this violated the facebook terms of surface.

The sanction is to shut the account down.

That is it.

You could probably file civil suit if you can find the person.

It would end up being very expensive and burdensome for you.

You would've a hard time showing damages.

Why not have verified accounts for everyone's? -- account for everyone's? people knew it was a smart answer.

People new to answer that -- asked that question.

They do not have the resources to do it.

I do not know what the current users are.

They do not have the resources.

A very mysterious process.

You can request that they verify you but they decide to verify.

The processes are mysterious.

Twitter does it.

They do not do it for everyone.

I do not know in the case of twitter if you can request it or not.

Quite a weekend.

Thank you for helping me out

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