Will The Real Me, Please Stand Up

I always thought it it was viral paranoia by people who will share any internet warning.

Today, I received a fake add friend request from my friend Melinda Song who is already a friend. Being suspicious, I wanted to message her husband Kenny Song to ask if she was hacked.

Before I can seek confirmation, she posted on her account saying her Fb was cloned identically. Her friends who accepted commented they received a message soon after asking for their phone number. Melinda posted some new pics which I dare not like not knowing if they are real.

It is all Facebook’s fault for they can easily detect clones and prevent the opening of such accounts. Like how Gmail will warn you that a mail was spoofed and may not be from the address claimed.

Should you be aware you are cloned, always report to Facebook so the fake accounts are shut and Facebook becomes aware of how widespread the issue is. By not reporting, you may be hurting innocent friends exposed to crooks.

There is no point warning people not to accept or declaring bravely you will never open a second account. Shit happens. Give people a means to contact you to verify outside Facebook.

Should you ever receive a second request from me, you can e-mail me at tvsmith@gmail.com to confirm, or reach me by Instagram @tvsmithmy or via Twitter @tvsmthmy
Or if you remember any mutual friends, contact them and they might know.

Or search for my website/blog at http://www.tvsmith.my/ or Google “tv smith malaysia”

If you need to find this post again, search for these tags on Facebook or Instagram.
#cloning #clone #cloned #fbcloning #tvscloning

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Who Are These People?

You scroll through your timeline or newsfeed occasionally. You liked some pictures or posts because they appear interesting. Also because you know how difficult an effort it was to put up some of the posts. Also you want to give some support and encouragement to decent people.

I am not talking about liking a trivial post or some mental diarrhea transformed into a post. You do it NOT BECAUSE they are your friends but because you know social media is about being RECIPROCAL and SOCIABLE. You REMEMBER some liked your posts and it is only FAIR and LOGICAL you return the gesture even though it is an unwritten rule. It may not be compulsory or obligatory but it is basic and decent human value about receiving and giving. Sad to say; many fuckers are NOT EVEN HUMANS.

Social media is not a VACUUM. It is about reactions, be it likes, sharing and commenting. Even pokes. To those who regularly do, I thank you.

But there a few useless assholes or social media LEPERS around. Throw a like and you’ll hit one.You liked their posts every time or for the UMPTEENTH time but they never like any of your posts BACK.

Who are these arrogant mofos who expect ONE WAY LOVE, all the time? They DON’T BELONG in social media and only make things regressive. I don’t have the time but I should avoid them, unfriend or unfollow the zombies. These are selfish people who expect to receive all the time and not give. You probably see them hanging around a Christmas tree and not give any presents to their loved ones.

You know who you are, mofos and I will be unfollowing or unfriending you soon. I don’t want people with RIGOR MORTIS or UNRESPONSIVE people on my list. At least, you know the reason I kicked you out, if you read it here later.

I assume these people are DEAD and don’t check their posts. But nope. There’ll be a GRATUITOUS selfie posted very hour to show they are still BREATHING. I’m not even talking about arrogant celebs or women who flaunt their BIG TITS in profile pics and daily pics all the time.

These women don’t give a fuck about you because they know they will get grateful likes from DUMDFUCK guys who will turn into soft silicon upon seeing big tits in bikinis. lingerie, belly buttons, butt cracks, cleavage or big tits half hanging out like rotting cempedak. These are the same LAME slave guys who write grammar-challenged posts into her timeline to express: “Thanks for accepts”. WTF?

Was trying to find some T&A pics to illustrate this post and realised I have a big collection from the now defunct Japan GT races in Sepang.

Only Bloggers Would Understand The Pain

Do you know many of my Facebook posts are found or replicated on my blog or website? Not all, but when I can.

There, you can see bigger pics and find related links as cross references. For example, looking at the Leaning Tower post, you will find convenient links (under Related Posts sidebar) to Mastan Ghani Mee Rebus, Liew Kee Chee Cheong Fun and other Teluk Anson stories.

It is not easy maintaining both. Imagine the drudgery of the repetitive chore when replicating content from social media. It was why many blogs fell out with the arrival of Facebook. One is easy and will lull you into disinclination of your blog, while the other requires work and maintenance of the CMS. Bloggers will understand the enigma.

Still nothing can beat a blog’s tagging, statistical analysis, internal search, revenue generating potential, search engine exposure and related links feature. The downside is it costs money to host and is nightmarish doing all the CMS and plug in updates.

I am happy that some of my posts from multiple blogs from as early as year 2000 were indexed and archived by search engines. With so much content from my past, I usually depend on search engines to find some of my own posts that I now only have faint memoirs. Ironic, isn’t it?

Picture or screen capture from a post announcing my migration to the new (and current) blog or url in 2015. Blogging is hard work!

Here is the link, if you are interested


If you are rading it here, you are a;ready on the blog. My Facebook is at https://www.facebook.com/mytvsmith

Scam Alert: Luxury Car Giveaway On Facebook

At last count, there are over 100 thousand people hoping to win a luxury car from an anonymous and overnight Facebook page.

You got to say it is a very successful promotion targeted at a special market of people who ask or suspect nothing.

Why is there no website or link or T&C? That’s the first red flag.

You can say it cost you nothing. It also cost nothing to set up a Facebook page to do mining.

The scam usually goes like this and was busted by Snopes as early as December 2014:

“For the FIRST time in facebook history we are giving away 2 [insert Audi, Mercedes, Range Rover, etc] to two winners that we will select on [insert date] completely at random.

Would you like to join this amazing giveaway for a chance to own a brand new AUDI? Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition :

Step 1) Likes this Page
Step 2) Like this Post
Step 3) Comment which color you want. (BLACK OR WHITE)
Step 4) Share on your wall

The winners will be messaged via inbox message”

The current “Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 2015 Giveaway” is a “Like(s) Farming” scam at best. A page with many likes can be recycled to scam even more people later as the accumulated likes gives it some seeming credibility.

At worst, it is mining of personal data from stupid people. The gullible people opt in for permission spamming by liking the page. The perpetrators gained a list of idiots to spam via PM or to con in future.

For the spammers and scammers, it is a free and easy way of building a database of greedy people most likely to fall for a scam. What could be better? Brilliant, indeed.

Further (simple) investigation, revealed it is an old scam on Twitter and Facebook.

It works especially well here because Malaysians are suckers for anything free.