ALERT: Scammers Created Fake State Attorney Phil Archer Facebook Page
By Phil Archer, State Attorney // July 1, 2016
Fake Facebook Page with MY Name and Picture!
BREVRAD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Recently, our office was contacted by a woman in the Virgin Islands asking when she could expect to receive grant funds she applied for through our Facebook page.
She was shocked to learn she had been scammed by someone who created a fake page to resemble the official State Attorney Phil Archer Facebook page.
Unfortunately, the victim had already sent the scammers several thousands of dollars before calling us.
It was determined this victim received a Phil Archer friend request through a legitimate friend whose account had been compromised.
While the investigation continues, it’s a good time to remind everyone that if you find a fake Facebook page with your real name, report it immediately as it could also be a sign of identity theft.
To report a fake Facebook account that is pretending to be you go to the imposter profile, click on the cover photo and select “Report,” then follow the on-screen instructions.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Phil Archer is the elected State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida, which includes Brevard and Seminole Counties. Phil was elected State Attorney of the 18th Judicial Circuit for Brevard and Seminole Counties in November of 2012 and took office on January 8, 2013.
Phil served the office as an Assistant State Attorney for over 28 years prior to being elected. He created and ran the nationally recognized Operation Cease-Fire where he was responsible for the review and filing of all firearm related crimes. He supervised the White Collar Crime, Civil and Consumer Fraud unit for over 10 years.
He has won the annual State Attorney Pride In Excellence award twice, the Brevard County Bar Association 2010 Government Attorney Professionalism Award, the Community Partner Award from the Seminole County Bar Association, the 2013 Crimeline State Attorney Award and most recently 2014 Crimeline Dr. Robert Doering Award.