Nov 24, 2015 7:32 PM by News Staff
A well-known Butte County official says scammers recently duplicated her Facebook page and began soliciting her friends for money.
Butte County Treasurer Peggy Moak says she was alerted about a Facebook account in her name by a friend who was preparing to send her money.
Moak says she never asked anyone for money, but the fake Facebook account, which has since been taken down, was messaging her friends.
The scam artists had created a page identical to Moak’s, using her picture and copying her most recent posts. After adding 24 of her friends they started conversations that led to money.
The culprit requested $2,000 in return for $200,000 grant. A name and routing number for a bank account in Nashville was provided.
Moak says Facebook took down the account minutes after they were notified, and before anyone was victimized.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation. Investigators say they’ve seen a rise in identity theft cases recently, and they’re recommending that people in the North State increase privacy settings and limit the information they make available on social media accounts.