No matter who your candidate is for any office, you might want to think twice before donating any money to their campaign. Not even government officials are immune to Facebook scams.
A democrat from Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill, found out the hard way. Tricky scammers have been using her as a front for a wire-fraud scheme at the expense of a handful of her supporters.
Even more troubling, and maybe a little bit ironic, is that McCaskill has taken an active stand against scammers during her career, fighting against miracle weight loss solutions and other consumer scams.
Back in June, one supporter received a message "from McCaskill's office" on Facebook with vague details about a grant that needed support. The victim saw an "official" photo, recognized the Facebook account and didn't throw up any red flags. When all was said and done, the woman wired two payments of $250 each, which she thought was going to the senator.
A while later, the victim called into the real McCaskill's office wondering where her grant funding was. It was then that McCaskill's staff went online and discovered several fake accounts featuring the senator's likeness, which were promptly reported to the FBI, Facebook and the U.S. Capitol Police and taken down.
So far there's only one reported victim, but McCaskill wants all of her supporters to be on guard. Her office regularly uses sites like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with her followers and supporters, which makes it hard to identify these scams.
What to do to stay safe
Facebook now includes verified profiles for public figures. Be sure that the Facebook profile includes a white check mark inside a blue circle, like the one you can see on Kim's Facebook page.