You’d think that most people who spend any time on the Internet, or who have been a party to the scam mails over Neil Trotter and his lottery win, would have realized by now that there is something wrong with the whole thing. I’ve covered the scam here and here and it has been well covered in the news. Everyone who has taken a few moments to take a look at the whole mess can see at a glance that it is wrong, that there are no millions being shared, that no one is going to profit from this scam aside from the scammers themselves, assuming that anyone is foolish enough to follow through and give them their real details.
And yet, it is still there. Not just in mails being sent out to the unsuspecting but also, very prominently, on Facebook. A quick search through their site and you will find a whole mass of profiles all claiming to be Neil Trotter, all featuring the same photographs of him and his winning check and, what is really surprising, some of these profiles have many Friends listed. Of course, we all know that they are not real friends, that they do not know each other – these friends and the Trotter scammers – at all.
Photo Credit: stevendepolo – Creative Commons
Fortunately Facebook has stringent security procedures and vetting to ensure that such things do not happen, that fake accounts are not created or maintained. Which is why, on a quick check through their listings, I found so many. Clearly Facebook staff have not cottoned on to the scam either, and cannot pick out the fake, and predominantly new, profiles from the real one, if there is a real one. Or perhaps they are just waiting until someone complains? Until someone is burned by this scam?
Back in February I wrote about the number of fake accounts Facebook admitted to having on their system and their apparent determination to eliminate them. The number of Neil Trotter profiles still active and drawing followers begs the question: how effective are the security systems on Facebook? When someone finds such a prominent and well reported scam such as this one, how can the staff at Facebook not see it themselves?
The simple truth remains: if someone offers you money on the Internet, many millions of dollars or whatever, no matter how many profiles they have, no matter how honest they may appear to be, no matter how newsworthy their story, the chances that it is a fake remains above ninety-nine point nine percent.
Love & Kisses, Viki.