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Social Networks And Identity Theft

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

 

Having a Facebook page is one way public officials stay in touch with constituents. But a state representative from Connecticut found her social network included a new form of “identity theft. ”
 
Because State Representative Kim Hunter Rose doesn’t use the chat feature of the social network site, her friends were suspicious when messages arrived from her asking for money to pay taxes on money she had won. An unknown person had created a second, fake account using her name and photo.
 
This type of hijacking of identity has also been used in political campaigns, where the veil of anonymity makes it virtually impossible to track down the culprits.
 
Any recommendations for how to best deal with reaching the public through social media while protecting your good name? Share them in the comment section of this blog.

 

Tags: Connecticut, Facebook, social media

 
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