Scammers copy Facebook profiles

(KING5) -- Shawn Filley is a soldier stationed at JBLM who has fought for his country in Afghanistan. But his new battle is with scammers on Facebook.

"It's a complete invasion," said Filley. "They've taken pictures from my daughter, me and my wife, me and my wife and daughter."

It started in the fall of last year when someone created dozens of profiles using Filley's name or photos. Then they tried to hold Shawn's profile hostage.

"He's using military pictures and claiming that he's in the army," said Filley. "I contacted the guy and he actually contacted me back. He said that he would take everything down and get rid of all the pictures for 2,000 US dollars."

That didn't work so the thugs used a fake profile of Filley to try to con a woman out of her cash.

"He was asking for money to help him out and one of his buddies out and he wanted $2,000 from her as well," said Filley. "I keep reporting it and they keep getting taken down and then within a couple of months they're back up. I've tried contacting Facebook and I don't get any answer."

That's when Shawn contacted me. Here's the deal. The best way to stop someone from stealing photos from your Facebook profile is to increase your privacy settings. You can limit who can see a picture or an entire album. You can also set it so you have to approve being tagged in a picture and can select who sees that picture.

I contacted Facebook and the company removed all the bogus profiles. In a statement the company said:

"We've removed these pages for violating our Community Standards. Although these pages were previously reported, they were mistakenly allowed to stay on Facebook. We removed the pages as soon as we were made aware of the error. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Facebook says it doesn't allow fake profiles and wants you to report them. Filley is a soldier who is just looking for peace.

"I want Facebook to put a stop to this because I know it doesn't happen to just me. I know it probably happens to quite a few people out there," he said


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