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Monday 22 December  
Writer Susan Arnout Smith was a victim of fraud on Facebook
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My Facebook nightmare

Published on : 7 March 2011 - 3:22pm | By The State We're In . (Photo: Susan Arnout Smith)
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Like most people have done, writer Susan Arnout Smith entered her own name on Google. What she found shocked her. A Facebook page - with her name and photo - had been set up containing explicit sexual references. What made it much worse was that she couldn't get the page removed - and some of her friends were beginning to think that it was real.

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In this week's edition of The State We're In, Susan talks about her odyssey to track down the culprits and uncover their identities.
Susan is the author of the thrillers The Timer Game and Out at Night. Link - Susan Arnout Smith's website.
This story was taken from the latest edition of The State We're In - Who am I?



Anonymous 30 May 2014 - 3:20pm / ethiopia


Brian G 4 April 2011 - 10:56pm / UK

Facebook should not pretend that the report abuse button actually does something worthwhile. Clearly it's virtually useless. Facebook is permanently blocked at my work place now after a similar incident.

keith girvan 22 March 2011 - 6:23am / usa

This is in response to a recommended post from berkman center at harvard. I just encountered a similar situation. An another "me" attempted to friend me on Facebook. What this other is unknown. What have you done to recover/reclaim your good name?

Kate 17 March 2011 - 2:36am / USA

Any new technology has its pros and cons. It is in the hands of the users. Unfortunately instances like this do happen. However there are many instances of how Facebook has brought others together. Social Media is a powerful tool. It is to all our advantage to at least investigate its uses. And by all means be literate enough to know how to protect yourself.

Vera Gottlieb 7 March 2011 - 5:58pm / Germany

I have been suspicious of Facebook from day one! Just because 'everybody' is joining, doesn't mean that I have to do as 'the Jones' next door'.

Anonymous 4 April 2011 - 10:53pm / UK

I too agree.

jasmin 8 March 2011 - 1:58pm / India

I agree!

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