Interpol chief impersonated on Facebook
Scammers seek fugitive data
Scammers recently created two bogus Facebook accounts in the name of Interpol chief Ronald K. Noble in an attempt to obtain information about ongoing criminal investigations, the head of the international organization has revealed.
“Just recently INTERPOL’s Information Security Incident Response Team discovered two Facebook profiles attempting to assume my identity as INTERPOL’s Secretary General,” Noble told attendees of the First Interpol Information Security Conference last week, according to prepared comments (PDF). “One of the impersonators was using this profile to try to obtain information on fugitives targeted during our recent Operation Infra Red. This Operation was bringing investigators from 29 member countries at the INTERPOL General Secretariat to exchange information on international fugitives and lead to more than 130 arrests in 32 countries.”
Noble, who was speaking in Hong Kong on Wednesday, didn't provide further details.
Social networking sites like Facebook are fertile territory for scammers because they can establish accounts in the name of just about anyone with little or no verification by the website. People who follow these accounts often take no steps to check whether an account is maintained by the person, and even when they do, there's only so much one can do to be sure. ®
Let me tell you a sad story.
When my wife ran off with another man I was deeply upset.
So I rang her and left very personal messages on that awful BT 1571 service.
(for non-brits it's a free voice-mail service but you cannot leave an outgoing message unless you pay a monthly fee)
As it turned out, I was ringing the wrong number but even though the recipient knew me he did not bother to tell me. You're an arsehole Dave!
So, you takes your chance when dealing with these sorts of "services". Just don't go there.
P.S. I'm glad now that she left. :)
People give information about current Interpol investigations over Facebook?
Who is going to believe that the head honcho at Interpol is using Facebook for official business?