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Facebook scam steals your online identity

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Many of us use social media to stay in touch with our family, classmates, and coworkers. But scammers can also use it to get in touch. 

Patti Powell thought she was hearing from an old friend on Facebook.

"Or who I thought was Gloria contacted me and said hey, how are you doing," said Powell, an Alexandria resident.

But when the supposed friend started telling Powell that for a small fee she could collect a hundred thousand dollars, Powell realized something was off. 

"I said, this doesn't sound like Gloria at all," said Powell. "It's not her personality. At first it was kind of scary, and then it was almost comical."

Turns out it wasn't Gloria Hearn at all, but someone using her name, photo, and trustworthy reputation to try to scam Hearn's friends.

"I just felt violated at first," Hearn said. "Like they'd invaded my personal life. I had someone actually call me and ask, 'Who do I send this $300 to?' And I said, you don't send $300 to anybody."

So when in doubt, double-check.

"You should know your friends," said Sgt. Bruce Fairbanks of the Alexandria Police Department. "If something comes across as suspicious, then kind of check into it a little bit more."

"If they're telling you something that sounds too good to be true, you can immediately report that somewhere," said Patti Powell. "And you can do it on your iPhone."

Detectives say to always report these scam attempts. Even if they can't catch the culprit, they can put the public on alert. 

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