Rise in incidence of Facebook cloning

Facebook cloning happens when someone registers a fake account with your name and uploads images, data and even daily updates that mirror what you do on your real account. It is so easy to do, even you can do it.

It is also dangerous – the fake account impersonates you, goes on to add your friends and talking to them. Some fake accounts have been known to ask for money, ask for help in buying stored value cards and vouchers, ask to click on advertising links and various mischief.

Of late, there has been a rise in these fake accounts, everyone from  politicians, to celebrities and just plain good looking people have been cloned.

 

If you do get cloned, or if you are the victim of one, report the the incident to Facebook and get your friends to do the same too. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the profile of the impersonating account
  2. On the cover photo, click on the button with the three dots and select Report
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to file the appropriate report

 

 

If there has been harassment and the profile has been contacting people, report it to the police also. Impersonation is a crime in Singapore and is prosecutable under the penal code. If it impersonates a public officer, the charges are heavier. It does not matter whether the person being impersonated is a real or fictitious person. The impersonator may be punishable with an imprisonment up to 5 years, or a fine, or both.  

If the cloned account has been communicating things to make you look bad, you can also press for damages under the tort of defamation.

Meanwhile, protect yourself and always keep a look out for your friends and the people you know.

(Having few friends are one of the signs of a fake account)

 

(Not having common friends is a sign of a fake account)

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Tay Leong Tan

Tay Leong Tan is a collective of 3 writers. Tay, Leong and Tan. (Who were you expecting?!) We are enthusiastic about labour issues, economics and current affairs in particular.

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