Cheyenne, Wyo. - There’s a new scam alert that anyone who uses Facebook will want to be aware of.
According to the Better Business Bureau, scammers are recreating people’s social media pages and then befriending the original person’s friends, all in an effort to get money out of them. So the BBB says if you get a Facebook friend request from someone you're already friends with, then it’s probably a scammer.
Experts say the scammers find someone to use as their bait, then recreate their Facebook profile using their profile photo and "About" information. Then they send you a friend request and once you friend them (seemingly again) they begin sending you asking to borrow money due to an emergency.
The targets, experts say, are older or younger people who may not know better or could be fooled easily.
To avoid this scam, you should verify that the request is real by first searching to see if you’re still friends with that person and if so, send them a message explaining what is happening. They may not know their account is being cloned for a scam. It’s also helpful if you tighten your security settings so that only your Facebook friends can view your profile, photos and other info.
The Better Business Bureau has a website devoted to scams, you can find that info here: http://www.bbb.org/council/bbb-scam-stopper/top-scams/