St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A release from the Prime Minister’s office claims that the Hon. Timothy Harris has been victim to a clone account attempting to pass itself off as the real deal.
According to the release, after being made aware of the account, both social network administrators and the Police have been notified in an effort to identify the perpetrators.
This is not a new phenomenon, as persons have been complaining of fake accounts to the major social networks almost since their inception, and through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have all made moves to correct this but it appears to be just as rampant as ever.
Here are a few ways to identify a suspect account. Generally, official accounts will be verified by the social network they are a part of. This is usually denoted by a small check mark usually close to the account name anywhere it is displayed.
The best tip to avoid cloning and other forms of digital identity theft is to stay up-to-date on the available security settings available to you from the social network you are using. “The more of your information that is publicly available, the more effective a profile cloning attempt will likely be,” says a hoax-slayer.net article.
As a part of his “New Year challenge” to himself, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has made it a priority to make significant inroads in the fight against fake reports and fake accounts that have infiltrated his 2.07 billion-user social network.