A number of interesting articles/pieces came my way recently, especially the piece on the number of fake Facebook accounts being found. Even when they are removed from Facebook, they are replaced by others… I also watched a TED talk on how to spot liars, get quoted in an article about Gumtree scams, add a warning about phishing and about scam promises to get your money back.
Recently journalists at the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), our national TV and Radio network, broke a story about hundreds of fake Facebook accounts linked to ‘Texas’, a town of 900 people in Queensland, Australia.
Of the 500 fake accounts they identified, they identified 448 of these as having suspicious signals. Similar anomalous accounts can also be found for our towns of “Miami (Queensland), Virginia (Queensland) and Toronto (New South Wales).” They think it is because scammers are trying to use North American locations, but the Australian city links come up first. It’s a case of mistaken location: Continue reading Fake Friends, Liars and Gumtree scams