Identity Theft On Social Media Profiles…Runs Rampant

Identify Theft has migrated over to social media profiles and is something everyone should be alert to. The concept is running rampant and should be on your radar when engaging in cyberspace!

Individuals participating in social media need to be watching for people and profiles that that don’t make sense. If you are managing your own social media accounts, you may know or have some relationship with people in your circles, followers, friends or connections.  Having a strategy of the people you connect with and engage with makes sense when trying to build a group of supporters for your business, product or service.  There is a saying…. if it waddles and it quacks, it’s a duck!  Don’t be fooled by Identity Theft of social media profiles.

3 simple questions to ask before you circle, follow or like someone:

  1. Is the profile or about page complete and do I relate to this person?
  2. What does their stream look like and what do they post?
  3. Why would I want to connect with this person?

Profile Identy Theft

When building your sphere of social influence, just adding numbers of followers/friends/circles for numbers sake is NOT the way to grow an “Organic” following.  The goal might be to have raving fans that appreciate the content you share over social media and then in turn add value for help with the new Hummingbird algorithm that Google has moved to for “Semantic Search.”    Selecting specific people that meet your guidelines will have you grow your business and share your same values.

All this comes back to who you are connecting with, keeping your eyes open and your 6th sense working for people who might not have your best interest at heart.   

On Tuesday, January 21 my identity was stolen on facebook and an individual was was posting as me adding all my friends as a new account.  He had taken my profile picture, my cover photo and several of my past photos along with my employment history and was acting as Carra Riley.  The name on the new account with my stolen identify was Carra Riley Riley.   The thief was smart as he used my name and put the middle name as Riley because when facebook shortens the name it shows Carra Riley with my profile so everyone thought it was me and had no idea it was identity theft of my profile.

At 6:15 am I was awakened by a call from Virgil Cowen a member of the Photo Tour Global Directory™ and photographer in Southern California.  He apologized for calling me so early but felt that I needed to know that someone had stolen my identity and was engaging with friends that had accepted him in private messages indicating he was from a government agency and had free Federal Grant money which would only be available by filling out a personal questionnaire.  Virgil was the first to let me know about the Identity theft of my social media profile on facebook by the name of Carra Riley Riley.   A big thank you goes out to Virgil Cowen for picking up the phone and letting me know so early.  It could have been 9:30 or 10 before I would have logged into facebook and many more friends might have been lured in by this fake social media profile of me.  If you see a fake profile or what looks like a fake profile trying to engage with you just pick up the phone and call your friend!  You could save them many hours of anxiety by getting right to work to stop the profile from engaging from the identity theft.

Tric Ortez is another facebook/social media friend from Florida and she was alerting me to this scam on instant messaging when I opened facebook.  She took the time to share a post on her “Tricnology” blog, the conversation that went on between the fake profile Carra Riley Riley and the end user of my facebook friend names Mr. Juwen Smith.  Yes, Smith might be the first clue in that conversation that the profile might not be legitimate among other things link spelling and grammar.  Tric, thank you for taking the time to share with screen shots your online experience.  We need a world of helpers watching our backs when we are engaging in cyberspace.  

The feeling of helplessness is overwhelming when you see your picture and someone posing as you, writing bizarre things on the internet to friends that you know.  

 

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Immediately a post went up on the facebook account indicating to friends that there had been an identity theft of my profile using my picture and the name Carra Riley Riley and not to friend this person.

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The process to terminate a false identity on facebook has to commence from the person who has experienced the identify theft.  Friends of the person with the stolen identity profile ALSO need to REPORT the fake profile FIRST and then block once they have realized the Identity Theft has taken place.  The process is identified with screen shots below.

The stolen social media profile starts friending all of the original profiles friends.  The friends think that the person is starting a new account as they recognize the stolen profile picture and maybe event the cover photo from the friends page.  Without thinking sometimes friends will accept the new friendship request and that is when the direct messaging starts with the request for information for the free money or a link to something special which can sometime connect to a phishing scheme.

Step 1.

FAKE profile asks to friend you.  

1 Friend request from Carra Riley Riley

The steps to follow to Get facebook to CLOSE this fake account… the first thing you will see is a new request from Carra Riley as a friend.. the first clue is the name Carra Riley Riley There are 2 Rileys.. this is very sneaky as when you go through the process further they just use her name without the middle Riley and you might think it is Carra. What you are going to do is OPEN THE ACCOUNT to be able to report it.. don’t block it from here or they account will not be closed by FB REORT FIRST then BLOCK after reporting!

Step 2.

2. Open profile and see what friends they have friended.. make a list.  See he has event taken the work history and school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN THE ACCOUNT by clicking on the name Carra Riley Riley… it will not hurt you our your account. The fake account will look like her cover photo, her photos from albums and her background.. so it does look like Carra Riley… but it is NOT…… This is the False Identity of Carra Riley Riley

Step 3.

8 go to timeline and it looks like me with the name Carra Riley

Once you open the fake Carra Riley Riley account go to the “gear” on the right and click the drop down menu to Report and or Block The content looks like it is Carra Riley as the middle Riley is deleted when you look at the time line.

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When you click on Report and/or Block This Person the drop down menu comes up and you need to click Submit a Report and then click Report Carra Riley’s account.. Remember you are reporting the FAKE Carra Riley Riley account but again it looks like her with the name. Just make sure you are on the Carra Riley Riley profile.

Step 5.

13  must say friend and click my name

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is very important you tell facebook that this profile is pretending to be someone you know. Be sure to find the real account Carra Riley in the auto populate area so facebook knows the real Carra Riley has had Identity Theft with her profile.

Step 6.

14 send messag to CR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then screen comes up to let the REAL Carra Riley know you turned the fake profile in.

Step 7.

16 now Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOW go back to the Fake Carra Riley Riley profile and click Report/Block again so you can BLOCK the fake profile. You do this AFTER you have reported the identity theft.

Step 8. 

17 now block Carra Riley Riley

BLOCK Carra Riley Riley and you will be done with this Fake profile account..

Once facebook has processed the claim from YOU the person who is being impersonated AND your friends have also reported the fake profile the stolen identity account will be deleted from facebook!

Carra Riley Riley account terminated

Feel free to share this to help with awareness of the New Identify Theft on social media profiles. Be sure to watch all your accounts on Twitter, Google+ etc. and think before friending, circling or liking new accounts!

Remember when someone has photos like this on their profile account and it seems too good to be true…. it’s too good to be true..

Money on Juwen Smith profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch out for the Juwen Smith profile on facebook who is promising the free government money.

Should  you experience Social Media Identity Theft and your friends accept the fake profile friendship, send those friends a private message or mention to them on your stream the fake profile has friended them and what they need to do to REPORT the fraud and then block them.  Big thanks to Chris Riedel from  Chicago Title in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for sharing that tip with me and posting on his facebook to let our mutual friends know about the identity theft.  It was easy to go on the fake profile and capture the names of the 46 friends that had friended him the day before.

As the Cosmic Shift Happens™  you may want to read about how subtle the scams are and how easy it is to be sucked into a trap.  Being careful and taking a step back before acting will help keep you from experiencing SMS or Social Media Syndrome™.  Keeping a good positive attitude when strange things happen will help you to create balance in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of life!

Identity theft on social media profiles is rampant so think about what you are reading from someone you know and question if things make sense before acting.  

 

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Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas to all from your friends at the Cosmic Cow Pie™.

Wishing you a beautiful day and a New Year filled with joy and love!  

Peace on Earth starts with us… loving our neighbor, being kind to all we come in contact with.

The Christmas spirit lives in us all year long!  Share the LOVE!  Enjoy our 2013 Christmas photo journey.

 

 

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Join with us in 2014 to make this the year of balance!  

We will be connecting the dots around the world with the 14 principles to create a balanced life  in 2014 as outlined in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ series of books and workshops.

Learning to KNOW YOUR MONKEY™ is one of the principles that when understood will free you from responsibility that is really not yours.  The principle gives you ideas on how to present to others what their job is and what your job is, utilizing “The Rule Of The Taj™  from Cosmic Cow Pie… Connecting The Dots Around The World™!  

One of the FUN ideas we will be exploring is expressing yourself with photography.  Taking your photo skills to the next level and connecting with photographers all over the world through the Photo Tour Global Directory™  website.

Your digital presence is more important than ever so connect with photographers worldwide for local photos or improve your own skills with global photography workshops.

Sharing your message means so much more to the world when the image  you share, tells your story visually!

Sending you warm light and love for 2014!  The year of balance and connecting the dots around the world!

Merry Christmas 2013 and Happy New Year 2014!  

 

 

 

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Photo Tour Global Directory™ Grand Canyon Temperature Inversion

Saturday, November 30, 2013 was a once in a 10 year experience for a Photo Tour Global Directory™ event with a “total temperature inversion” at the Grand Canyon, according to the National Park Service in an article posted by The Atlantic. The entire Grand Canyon was FILLED with clouds and not a single cloud in the sky above the canyon.  An incredible sight you are going to enjoy!

The National Weather Service explains temperature inversion as:”The warm air above cooler air acts like a lid, suppressing vertical mixing and trapping the cooler air at the surface.”

The Photo Tour Global Directory™ tour group going to the Grand Canyon to shoot the sunrise had no idea what a history making day this would be with a total cloud inversion.  The warm air of the cloudless sky was trapping the fog in the entire canyon for a unique viewing experience.  Being above the clouds was exhilarating as the sun filled the sky and the things became clear through the mist.

The photos tell the story best!  We arrived at the blue hour

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The best shots of the day were taken by a 15 year old young man on the tour who shares his photography under the name “Faceplant Photography.”  He captured the essence of the total temperature inversion as the sun rose on Saturday, November 30, 2013.  He also caught his dad reflecting on the majesty of the Grand Canyon and the wonder of it all!

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The Business Insider had some great shots of this unique phenomenon as well.

Thinking about 2014?

Want to create some magical moments in your life through photography?

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Make 2014 the best year ever with fine tuning your photography skills with the help of the Photo Tour Global Directory™ team.  You might not see the total temperature inversion at the Grand Canyon but you will see something unique as it is different every single day!  Check with Photos by Carra  for Williams, Arizona and Grand Canyon tours. Book  your unique guided experience ANYWHERE around the world with a Global Personal Photographer™.

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Turkey Leftovers And Cranberries In A Wreath

 

Turkey leftovers and cranberries create a fun and festive wreath dish.

Wondering about something different to take to your holiday parties?  Have some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?  Want a tangy taste treat everyone will be talking about?

Try this creative holiday braided wreath for a special lunch or appetizer adapted from the Pampered Chef 2000 Seasons Best recipe collection.

2 packages (8 ounce each) refrigerated crescent rolls.

3/4 cup light mayonnaise or miracle whip for a sweeter taste

1 tablespoon sweetner or sugar

2 tablespoons honey Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

2 1/2 cups cooked and chopped turkey pieces

1 cup chopped celery, can use cauliflower or broccoli

3 tablespoons fresh parsley  or 1 TBS dried parsley and 10 to 12 cilantro leaves

1/2 cup dried cranberries

4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese (1/2 cup)

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 egg white

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Preheat over to 375 F

Use a round baking stone or pizza pan.  Unroll the crescent dough and separate into 16 triangles

With side ends of triangle toward the center place 8 triangles in a circle in the center of the large round baking stone.  Press the edges of the 8 triangles creating the circle together.

Cresent rolls in star formation

Mix Mayonnaise, mustard and black pepper.

Chop turkey, dice celery snip parsley or cilantro.  Add Turkey, celery, parsley and cranberries to batter bowl.

Add grated swiss cheese.

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Scoop filling over the center of the dough seam where the top triangles and bottom triangles come together and have been blended so the dough will not come apart.

 

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Add the pecans to the top of the turkey leftover and cranberry mixture.

alternate trianges over one another

Beginning in the center, lift on dough triangle across the mixture.  Continue alternating with outer triangles slightly overlapping to form the wreath.

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In a bowl separate the egg white, beat and brush lightly over the entire wreath.

Baked turkey wreath

Bake 25 yo 30 minutes at 375.    Yields 10 servings.

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The turkey leftovers with cranberries will delight your guests palate with the unique flavor coming from the tang of the cranberries and dijon mustard.

Serve with a Celebration Cranberry Salad and receive rave reviews!

Prefect way to be creative with turkey leftovers and create a festive, braided warm stuffed treat.

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