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Who Is It Targeting:  Social media users

What Is It:  Fake social media accounts pretending to be law enforcement agencies

What Are They After: The epidemic of fake news has made headlines recently, sometimes with devastating consequences. But there’s an even sinister twist on the fake news site, and that’s the fake social media profiles, especially those that scammers create for law enforcement or public service agencies.

A few of these fake social media accounts have shared news of bogus crimes, some of them horrific. With nothing to gain from sharing fake news except the fun of knowing others are falling for a hoax, there’s no sound reason for these accounts to exist. It’s important to find out about the veracity of accounts and the “news” items they post before we share them.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Be absolutely certain you are following a real account for any public services like police departments, fire departments, or city governments.
  • Before you share a news item, make sure it’s genuine and not the handiwork of a scammer with an agenda.

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at (888) 400-5530. Find more current scams and alerts here.

For full details of this scam check out this article from WABI.com.