Networking sites give away too much info

VANCOUVER - Online networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn are becoming a breeding ground for identity fraudsters, Lynda Pasacreta, president of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Mainland BC, has warned.

"Social networking sites can be a fun way to communicate, but users have to avoid giving away too much personal information," she says. "Your Facebook account can come back to haunt you."

Networking sites often contain a large amount of personal information such as date of birth, hometown, phone numbers and email addresses. This is a valuable hoard for online criminals, who can use this type of information to gain access to online bank accounts, as these often have security questions that require answers to such things as a pet's name or mother's maiden name.

In other situations, fraudsters can start other online accounts using the personal information found on a social networking account. Inviting a person to be your new friend on any social networking site may be a security risk, warned Pasacreta.

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact to find out more.

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account here