Robert Reed

Businesses snagged by web of new Internet scams

Businesses snagged by web of new Internet scams

Norb Tatro, a former local TV news producer and friend of mine, was recently cloned. On Facebook, that is.

I know this because his cyber alter ego contacted me one evening with some "happy" news: He'd just won $250,000 from a new U.S. government/Facebook grant program. What's more, my name was also on a list of grant recipients.

The clone suggested we kibitz on the phone to discuss our shared good fortune.

That's when I caught on (yes, it took me a moment) to effectively respond, "Yeah, thanks but no thanks."

Soon after, I reached the real Norb, as did some other Facebook pals, to flag him. He and wife, Elaine Feldman, notified the social...

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