Beware of spoof/fake Facebook accounts


    MALEVOLENT forces are busy at work in Facebook.

    I was informed by my niece yesterday about a fake Ellen Tordesillas Facebook account. Right now, it’s just my name, no photo, no posts.

    I’m just one of those that they have targeted. I learned that Al Jazeera reporter Jamela Alindogan and CGTN reporter Barnaby Lo, Maria Ressa and other Rappler reporters have also been targeted.

    Fake accounts have also been created under the name of Mom Blogger Noemi L. Dado and her husband, as well as for activist Marian Roces.

    The University of the Philippines has come out with the following public advisory:

    “The University of the Philippines System has received reports that fake or dummy Facebook accounts have been created for UP students, officials, and alumni. We urge the members of the UP community to check their names and accounts and to make the proper report to the Data Protection Officer of Facebook.

    “Rest assured that the UP System Data Protection Officer has reached out to the Philippine National Privacy Commission to help students and alumni report fake or dummy accounts in their name to the DPO of Facebook.”

    Here’s how to report an account for impersonation:

    A friend whom I consider an expert on social media suggested that I check out Wikipedia entry on Spoof. Here’s what I got:

    Spoof, spoofs, spoofer, or spoofing may refer to: Forgery of goods or documents; Semen, in Australian slang; Spoof (game), a guessing game; Spoofing (finance), a disruptive algorithmic-trading tactic designed to manipulate markets.

    It has been observed that most of those spoofed are known to be critical of the Duterte administration.

    One danger of this fake account is if they post something libelous and irresponsible which authorities may deem a violation of the law, you can be arrested and questioned.

    My FB account is certified. Take note of the check sign after the name of the account owner.

    Be alert!