Woman’s ID info possibly stolen on Facebook

OKEECHOBEE — Although an Okeechobee woman has not lost any money in an apparent Facebook scam, it is quite possible her personal identification information has been compromised.

Deputy Frank Baum, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), stated in his report that he spoke with the 72-year-old woman Wednesday, July 13. She told him people have contacted her on the popular social networking site and asked why they have received friend requests from her.

She reportedly told the deputy, people on her friends list have contacted her about advertising articles she had posted.

“The posts and friend requests were sent without her knowledge,” stated Deputy Baum.

Also, when she tried to log in to her Facebook page she learned her account had been closed.

The woman then emailed the alleged Facebook help center. Someone at that ‘center’ asked her to send them a scanned copy of some form of photo identification.

She did as she was asked and sent them a copy of her Florida driver’s license with her license number covered up.

When she again tried to access her Facebook page Wednesday, it was still closed.

“She contacted Facebook via telephone and they told her Facebook would never ask for a copy of photo identification and for her to contact local law enforcement,” Deputy Baum stated.

At this point, continued the deputy, the woman has not had any money taken from her bank accounts.

None the less, Deputy Baum told her to contact her bank and credit card companies and tell them it’s possible her identification has been stolen.

If you think there’s a chance your personal identification information has been stolen, contact local law enforcement immediately. To contact the Okeechobee City Police Department call 863-763-5512. For the sheriff’s office, call 863-763-3117.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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