Brookville, PA – A Brookville man fell victim to a Facebook scam that is becoming more common.

More Facebook profiles are being copied, and people are getting requests online to become friends with people who they are already connected with.

A 67-year-old Brookville man was sent a link by one of his Facebook friends who had been hacked. The man followed the link to a page that told him to type in his cell phone number.

The victim’s personal information, including his social security number, was compromised.

Although the man didn’t lose any money, his info was used by someone who tried to open a credit card in Tampa, Florida.

If you know anything about this incident, please call State Police in DuBois at 814-371-4652.

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Some tips to keep your Facebook (and other accounts safe):

  • Verify every Facebook contact
    • Make sure that the person you’re talking to… really is the person you think they are. Try to verify their identity.
  • Protect your banking and financial information
    • Never disclose anything about your bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards, or other financial information on Facebook.
  • Be wary of strangers
    • Don’t add or accept friend requests from people that you don’t know.
  • Keep your password secure
    • Taking a little extra care over your password can be a vital element in your Facebook security.
    • Devise a complex password that will be difficult for others to guess
    • Ideally, your password should use a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols
    • Change your password frequently
    • Don’t use the same password for Facebook and other websites. If the security of your password is compromised on one site, it may then be used to access your Facebook account
  • Secure your computer, your mobile devices, and your data
    • Install a rigorous anti-malware solution on your computer, smartphone and tablet – to protect your devices against the latest computer viruses, worms, Trojan viruses and other threats.