TOP AUSTRALIAN, NZ MILITARYIDS ‘USED IN FACEBOOK DATING SCAM’

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SYDNEY: Australian and New Zealand authorities are investigating whether the identities of top military officers are being used in an international Facebook dating scam, officials said on Sunday. Australian Federal Police confirmed the existence of a fake profile of incoming Australian Defence Force chief Mark Binskin, with the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reporting that the page was used to befriend a woman in Germany and ask her for money. New Zealand said it was aware of a Facebook page impersonating Lieutenant General Rhys Jones, who until February was the chief of the New Zealand Defense Force. Jones’ profile was also used in a similar scam in 2012, which was “referred to the NZ Police and also to Facebook as a violation”|, the New Zealand Defense Force said in a statement. Facebook has been contacted for comment.

AFP

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