Scam warning: Baby gets fake Facebook page

Ashton Bender and her daughter, who had a fake Facebook page set up under her name.
Ashton Bender and her daughter, who had a fake Facebook page set up under her name. Chris Honnery

MOTHER Ashton Bender has issued a warning to social media users after her one-year-old daughter was victimised through a fake Facebook account.

Miss Bender was shocked to find out the fake account had been created using personal details and family photos.

"I woke up on Tuesday to a text from one of my friends asking me if my daughter had a Facebook account," Miss Bender said.

University of Queensland social media expert Dr John Harrison said identity theft on Facebook was common.

"The 'cybersphere' is full of fake and anonymous accounts looking to cause trouble or get revenge," Dr Harrison said.

"In some cases, it could come to legal action being taken."

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He advised people to avoid posting anything that may jeopardise their own reputation, and the reputation of others.

"I'm extremely judicious about what I post on Facebook, because I know anyone can then access it."

Friends of Miss Bender have received messages from the fake account.

"There are some very immature status' on there. I never thought it would happen to me or my daughter," she said.

Miss Bender has warned other Facebook users to be wary of what was posted on social media.

Police have been contacted about the matter, and it had also been reported to Facebook.

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Social media tips from Dr Harrison:

  • Nothing is private
  • Anything you post is out there forever
  • You shouldn't post anything you don't want the world to see


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