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Faking on Facebook
Incidents of hackers stealing people’s accounts on sites like Facebook are on the rise, and a Filipino woman in Dubai has just claimed to be one of the victims.
September 30, 2009 12:36 by Aarti Nagraj
A Dubai-based Filipino woman has come under severe criticism from her fellow countrymen after the following comment appeared on her Facebook page:
“Buti n lng am hir in dubai! maybe so many sinners bak der! so yeah deserving wat hapend!” (Good that I am here in Dubai! Maybe so many sinners back there! So yeah they deserve what happened).
She was referring to typhoon Ondoy that recently hit the Philippines.
The comment caused uproar, and Jacque Bermejo, a marketing executive in Dubai, has since been threatened, abused and reprimanded on various websites. However, Bermejo claimed that her accounts on social networking websites such as Facebook, Friendster and Multiply had all been created by a hacker two years ago. Despite reporting the problem to the administrators, she is “still being abused online,” Bermejo said in a long statement, which was published by her friends on Facebook. She said that she also filed a complaint with the Dubai Police about eight months ago.
“Time passed and these sites continued to generate malicious, obscene and cruel messages that are widely exposed and relayed to the public under my name,” she said.
Referring to the latest post on Facebook, she said “I too, have become a victim as much as those who may have lost their lives and properties to such a devastating natural calamity. This recent controversy has greatly affected my reputation, my family, and my friends. I am devastated and shocked at the extent my character, my personal information and private space have been violated.”