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AG warns of Facebook scam in wake of privacy breach

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has issued the following scam alert warning New Mexicans to be extra cautious about people pretending to be able to help them with their Facebook data in the wake of the Facebook privacy breach.

On the heels of the furor over Facebook’s sharing of subscriber data, new Facebook scam artists are calling people in New Mexico, attempting to access data the subscriber may not wish to share.

“Never share your personal information with a stranger, no matter who the caller pretends to be,” Balderas said. “If you need your Facebook information fixed, go to Facebook and access your account settings and fix it that way. Please, do NOT rely on a stranger to fix it, even if the stranger pretends to be a Facebook employee or contractor.”

The new Facebook scam works in this way: (1) an imposter scam caller purports to be from Facebook and offers to help you fix your account to avoid sharing your data with others; (2) the caller asks for your subscriber information and related data; (3) if you give the information to this caller, the caller can access all your data and, perhaps, the data of all your Facebook friends.

The Attorney General has warned everyone not to share the information the Facebook scammers request.

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