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Facebook Scam Has Kentucky Sheriff On A Mission

Reported: Feb. 24, 2014 5:16 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 25, 2014 9:58 AM EST
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VANCEBURG, Ky. (Dave Benton) -- It's a high-tech scam that has Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bevins frustrated.

"It makes me very angry," Bevins said. "I have about as much respect for them as I do a thief."

Now, Bevins is on a mission to catch the hackers cloning Facebook users in his County.

"These individuals are reporting their page has been cloned and in turn these scammers are seeking out their friends. They may tell them they've been in an accident or legal trouble," Blevins said.

One woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said shortly after her mother died, somebody hacked her mother's Facebook page and then sent friend requests. The woman said it was very devastating "especially when I had seen a picture come up that they had changed and realized it wasn't her doing it. Then, I realized how dangerous it could be for anybody out there."

Bevins says there are ways to protect yourself. Be careful with information you post on Facebook such as your address or phone number. If you want to find out if you've been hacked, search your name and see if multiple profiles of yourself pop up.

Bevins said he does have leads on a hacker and will be sending subpoenas to an individual in New York.



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