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New Facebook scam uses duplicate profiles to promise free money

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Scammers are not uncommon, but now there's a new scam hitting social media.

The scammers tried the new Facebook scam on WMC Action News 5 investigator Sasha Jones. Now, she's warning others and showing you how to protect yourself.

The scammer communicates with their target for days, all while sending off red flags that show they are trying to steal your personal information. 

They create a false Facebook profile using one of your friends already on your page. Then, using that fake identity, they contact you on Facebook. After a little bit, they then tell you that you have won thousands of dollars.

After duplicating the Facebook profile, they communicate with any of the friends you have. That's how they tried it with Jones. They duplicated her friend's grandmother's page. 

"I immediately changed my password," Iris Lane said.

The scammer told Jones if she wanted money from a group called the "National Compensation Association of State Governments," then she would have to send some information in a text message to a phone number.

"They need my full name; they need more information from me. So I just decided I'm just going to call this person," Jones said. "Tell them I know they are not Iris Lane, tell them this is shaping up to be a fraud and see what they say."

No one answered when Jones tried to call and the page was taken down shortly after that.

"We see that scammers are using social media more and more because that's where people are," Better Business Bureau Director of Communications Nancy Crawford said.

Crawford said social media is being used to defraud people of money. She said a good rule of thumb is "if you didn't enter a sweepstakes, you didn't win free money."

"Free money is never free," Crawford said.

She also recommends not communicating with people you don't know and if you come across a duplicate page, you can click the three small dots at the bottom of the cover page to report the page to Facebook.

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