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Collections Agency Posing as Cute Girl on Facebook

Usually, we assume that when strange, attractive women ask to be our friends on Facebook or MySpace that they're fronts for spyware, spammers or porn sites. But, apparently, those aren't the only dangers. According to a report from the Consumerist, at least one debt collection agency made use of a fake Facebook profile to keep tabs on debtors.

The story, which admittedly has some holes in it, comes mainly from an unidentified person who hacked the account of "Jenny Anderson," allegedly a front for skip tracer Emily Scarfo. According to the unidentified source, Emily is an employee at the Vancouver-based CBV Collections, and used the account to track the activities of her targets, gathering evidence of their disposable income by posing as a flirty, attractive blond.

A Consumerist reader and freelance reporter named Brian managed a brief, if messy, interview with whoever hacked into the account and exposed the ruse with a status update.You can read the interview in its entirety at Consumerist. We've always been suspicious of random strangers asking to be our friends on social networking sites. Now we just have one more privacy concern to throw on the pile. [From: Consumerist, Via: WalletPop]

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