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Facebook hoax targets Oscar Pistorius supporters

Facebook hoax targets Oscar Pistorius supporters
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Facebook has a big problem: hoaxes.

From claiming Facebook is about to ban discussion of religion, to terrible hoaxes about injured children, to dumb chain letters, Facebook seems like it attracts fakers.

Now, another hoax is popping up on the site trying to fake out supporters of accused killer Oscar Pistorius - and the whole thing is really a phishing scam.

This con is on a profile supposedly that of the runner's brother, Carl Pistorius, and it seeks public donations to fight the murder charge.

According to South Africa's Star newspaper, the fake Facebook page, which includes a photo of Carl, states: "We seek financial support for the trial, debts and pending projects we have at hand. If you are interested in working actively with us in this direction, please do contact: Mrs Victoria Anderson at vicandersonl@hotmail.com."

The page's most recent wall post read: "Thank You all for the continued support and words of encouragement during this difficult time. Pray for Oscar."

Anybody who sends money can be sure of one thing: They just their money.

Don't lose your identity or anything else to a phishing scam. Click here to find out what to look for and what you can do.

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Source: The Guardian
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