HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) – Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says imposter websites have been popping up on Facebook users’ accounts.
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Most of them initiated from Nigeria and other places overseas, all of them posing as the Facebook user and asking for money.
“The request might be ‘I need to get an operation on my back, and so please send money to the following address’,” says Jepsen.
Some of these postings lingered on the site for weeks, but after his office expressed urgency in taking the fake postings down, Facebook is now eliminating them within minutes.
Jepsen said many of the frauds were discovered after friends of the victims visited their page.
Jepsen alerted Facebook to the privacy and security concern after state Rep. Kim Rose, of Milford, fell victim to an imposter profile.