Facebook’s crazy Catch-22 lets imposters steal your identity | ITworld

Found someone pretending to be you on Facebook? Getting rid of the faker can be a lot harder than you think.

By Dan Tynan

Jennifer and Real Andrew were worried Fake Andrew would use his account to scam their friends. Once they reported his account, and it was permanently blocked, they would have no way of knowing what Fake Andrew was up to. They wouldn’t know if Facebook had deleted the account or not. (In my experience, fake accounts can exist for weeks or months after being reported.) So they posted something to their Facebook walls warning their friends not to be duped. But as we now know, only a small percentage of your friends will see everything you post.

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