August 10, 2022

(InvestigateTV) – Your pictures, your videos, your memories – all come together to create your social media identity. InvestigateTV has uncovered scammers targeting your online accounts to create a whole new you, all designed to scam your closest friends out of their money.

In the tech world it’s called “spoofing,” a hacking technique where scammers take your online content and create a duplicate fake profile with the goal of drawing your friends and followers into a web of deceit.

According to Facebook’s 2019 data, 16% of all Facebook accounts are fake or duplicate accounts.

The hackers even target the experts.

Boise, Idaho resident Brooke J Lacey said she never thought she would fall victim to spoofing. Lacey started her own computer repair business “Tech Savvy” in 2010. Six years later, she said she decided to go virtual and use her social media platforms to educate followers on all things tech, including cryptocurrency, NFTs and cybersecurity.

Brooke Lacey explains NFTs in one of her Instagram videos. Lacey’s videos have garnered 55 million views on TikTok, and she is now dealing with hackers impersonating her various accounts.(Brooke Lacey)

Over the years she amassed more than 300,000 followers on TikTok and several thousand on Instagram. She said the online notoriety caught her off guard.

“As a 45-year-old single mom, who knew that people would love me on TikTok? But it poses some scamming problems,” Lacey said.

Those “scamming problems” showed up…

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