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BBB: As people stay connected on social media, beware of uptick in Facebook scams

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(WBNG) -- AS people spend more time at home and online, the Better Business Bureau is urging everyone to stay vigilant and aware of possible Facebook scams.

The BBB says they have recently received reports of people's profiles being replicated on Facebook.

It reports scammers will try to replicate people's profiles on Facebook and then friend everyone on the user's friends list in order to make the replicated profile seem legitimate.

The BBB then says these scammers will ask for money, posing as a grant.

"What people do is they clone an account and if your friend list is public, they'll start friending your friend list and then they'll send a message through messenger saying, 'I got this grant through Facebook, all you have to do is send me a thousand dollars and then your money will be in your account,'" said Melanie McGovern, Communications Director of the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York.

The BBB adds that people from central New York have lost some $25,000 in the past because of this type of scam.

The BBB says it's best to regularly check on Facebook to see if you find people trying to use your name and image to pose as you. If you do, they say to report the profile immediately.

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