The 34 Fake Accounts Scam on facebook

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on May 16th, 2016

WARNING: Do not take this ‪#‎Fake‬ ‪#‎MadhuShah‬ #‎Scam‬ lightly. In this case, Ignorance is not bliss but stupidity!! Someone had to initiate this. Have done a thorough research on this scary issue all week & posting this now for everybody's benefit.
​https://www.facebook.com/PawanManghnani/posts/10153753294109405​
​There are about 34 different fb accounts (on last count) with the same name, same profile pic (attached for ref) but different cities. The worrying thing is, have more than 150 mutual friends with this fake account since about 4 years now but none of the friends I checked with knows her/him. Some even have about 500 mutual friends with zero idea on the true identity.

Upon digging further, found out that from their 34 accounts, They have added a lot of friends (and their friends) from Qatar, UAE, India, Philippines, Indonesia & Thailand (This is just the countries I know about, could be more) Probably, building up a network from the city mentioned on their profile. Whoever this person/gang is, they are very smart in putting a generic profile picture of an unsuspecting harmless aunt you might have met at a wedding or some social gathering. Especially not bothering to remember where because of the number of mutual friends. Was shocked by some friends still not being worried about this alarming discovery, hence written this detailed post to create an awareness.
Search for Madhu Shah on facebook and lot of different accounts will pop up. 34 different accounts is kind of worrying.
Just unfriending them is not enough. Only if a lot of people report it to fb, higher the chances of this gang getting blocked by fb itself. Kindly follow all the steps ASAP as its easy for the stalker to change their name/profile pic & then they will be hidden in your "friend" list forever:
1) SEARCH your fb friend list for Madhu Shah.
2) CHECK your mutual friends & tag them.
3) REPORT the account to fb as fake. 
4) BLOCK Madhu Shah's account(s) immediately.
5) SHARE this post to warn others.

God knows what this impostor has been doing collecting your information all these years. For all you know, it could be a gang of crooks studying your life. Or worst, already using it against you or your family. Be Safe..!
When you search for "Madhu Shah" on facebook ,it shows about 70,000 people are talking about her, a person who does not even exist. That's how viral this post has gone in couple of days.
Received a few messages from Madhu Shah, Sangeeta Shah and their other accounts as well. Below is one of the sample message received.
Update: Contacted Facebook's India office on the morning of 16th May 2016 & they asked me to report the profile. They did not seem very interested to offer a better solution as this type of an issue is quite common, apparently.

Update 2: After this post was shared hundreds of times, and then covered by Buzzfeed, India.com, Indiatimes, Scoopwhoop, numerous other blogs & websites. The issue thankfully has been bought to light with thousands of concerned people now taking action to safeguard their privacy. Facebook India has confirmed that they are now investigating the issue properly. Have urged the local authorities to take some form of firm action as well.

​Beware & Be Aware.

P.S: Peace of Mind is the Best Accessory!

-- Pawan Manghnani, The Calling Initiative


Posted in Technology    Tagged with scam, fake, privacy, fb, facebook


5 Comments

michelle - May 18th, 2016 at 2:33 PM
wow. this is madness!
ricky - May 18th, 2016 at 2:52 PM
34 Accounts !?!?!??!?!?

Disgusted Jen - May 18th, 2016 at 3:11 PM
DISGUSTING
Abhijit B - May 18th, 2016 at 3:23 PM
Damn this is hialrious and scary at the same time. thanks for posting this.
Abhijit B - May 19th, 2016 at 7:54 AM
Interesting. Very Interesting.

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