Facebook 'impostors' risk up to 12 years in prison: police


Posted at Jun 08 2020 12:21 PM

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Impostors on Facebook could be imprisoned for up to 12 years, police said Monday, following reports of blank and duplicate accounts bearing the names of university students and members of the academe. 

The police Anti-Cybercrime Group is looking at whether these accounts were made by a syndicate or just several individuals, said the unit's spokesperson Col. Robin Gammad. 

Social media users can be charged with identity theft even without using someone else's family name if they use that person's first 2 given names and other personal information and photos, he said. 

Gammad said his unit was preparing a proposal for how victims of copycat accounts can report these to the police electronically. The Anti-Cybercrime Group earlier Monday received walk-in complainants against Facebook impostors, he said. 

The reports followed protests against an anti-terror bill pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte and which critics said could lead to human rights abuses. 

TeleRadyo, June 8, 2020