Facebook said it removes impostor accounts when it spots them and, in some cases, works with the authorities to prosecute scammers.
The social network said new software also scans for activity linked to scams and locks accounts until owners can provide proof of identity.
Any official military or government emails will end in or Please scroll down the web page and click on the section titled Impersonation Fraud & Romance Scams.
In April, Army Criminal Investigation Command put out a warning about romance scams in which online predators go on dating sites claiming to be deployed active-duty soldiers.It's a problem that's affecting all branches of service — not just the Army.That system quickly locked 500,000 accounts when it was introduced last year.The company added that facial recognition technology notifies people when another account uses their photo, though tests by The Times showed the feature sometimes didn’t work.CID said there have been hundreds of claims each month from people who said they've been scammed on legitimate dating apps and social media sites.
According to the alleged victims, the scammers have asked for money for fake service-related needs such as transportation, communications fees, processing and medical fees — even marriage.Facebook is also testing software that can automatically spot impostors of some of the most commonly impersonated service members.One of the company’s primary lines of defense are reports from users.On Facebook and Instagram, there are lottery scams, celebrity impostors and even fake Mark Zuckerbergs.There is also a scheme where scammers pose as American service members to cheat vulnerable women out of their savings. Scammers steal photos from service members’ Facebook and Instagram profiles and use them to create impostor accounts.If you're worried about being scammed, know what red flags to look for.