Facebook profile of former President Obasanjo sparks identity theft posers

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Facebook users are trying to unravel if former President Olusegun Obasanjo was the one that set up his profile or he has fallen victim of identity theft on the popular social networking site.

Technology Times checks reveals at the weekend that two Facebook profiles of the former President created on Facebook have continued to attract more than passing interest with their increasing popularity among mainly Nigerian users wanting to befriend the former Nigerian leader on the Internet.

Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg announced in April, this year said that the popular networking site crossed the 200 million user underscoring its growing among Internet users to connect their friends and know what is happening around them.

Alexa statistics also reveal that Facebook is today the number two most visted Web site by Nigerians on the Internet, after search engine, Yahoo! Of the two profiles of Obasanjo on Facebook, the more popular has accepted 3,244 friends as at last week when Technology Times conducted its check which also revealed a bevy of activities on the wall of the profile.

The less popular of the two had only five friends for the profile which seeks to come across as the ex-President’s profile as it listed March 5, 1937 as his birth details and Ota, where his popular Obasanjo’s Farm is located as the ‘High School.’

On the other hand, the busier profile feature various photographs of the former President and also listed his birthday as March 5, 1937, a similarity it shares with the second profile.

Among the growing circle of ‘Obasanjo’s friends, his profile wall attracts a mixed grill of positive and negative posts making reference to his tenure in office while it also attracts good-natured greeting among people stopping by to drop a few words on his wall.

But a friend, Kola Cole Afolabi, dropped more than the ex-President would have expected when he referred to former Chairman of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Bode George, who was recently convicted on corruption charges, as Obasanjo’s “friend.”

Afolabi, in his strongly-worded post condemning Obasanjo over the manner he managed the affairs of Nigeria while in office is one of many Facebook users who are taking advantage of the open Internet to voice their views on the country’s affairs on the public Internet.

However, in a wall post on October 25, another Facebook user, Rashidat Titilola Kadiri Omogbai, was to reiterate the concern of others that have been watching the non-responsive on the profile when she raised the poser: “baba why u no dey reply our comment sir. (sic)” Rashidat is not alone in her curiosity as another Facebook user, Rufus Brughs, also posed the question on the wall: Are you really, Obasanjo?

They have voiced the concern of others who have doubts about the profile and its connection with ex-President Obasanjo sparking speculations that the he may have fallen victim of identity theft, a growing trend now seen to target prominent people on most social networking sites.

Technology security experts have been warning lately of the growing trend whereby other people create imposter profiles on Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, assuming the identity of someone prominent, and friending as many people as possible.

Technology Times