If it's true that some Facebook admins are raking millions with celebrity fan pages, should we follow their footsteps to become millionaires too?
The following screenshot was provided to us by a very reliable source. It shows a conversation where some commenters discussed how the scheme works, which was confirmed by a certain page administrator.
The Kathryn Bernardo page that they were talking about was a FAKE but VERIFIED fan page using the Kapamilya star's name, with over 9 million followers (likers). Part of the scheme is the posting of blog links, which gives them some sort of advertising opportunities.
The page admin already deactivated the FAKE but VERIFIED fan page after Kathryn's team created a real Facebook page for her fans following complaints that Kathryn, a KFC endorser, apparently shared a negative report against KFC's rival McDonald's.
Some pages "are verified by Facebook to let people know that they are authentic," as stated on this Help page. "You'll see a blue badge next to a verified Page or profile's name." The verified pages, Facebook said, "may include celebrities and public figures, global brands and businesses, and media."
To get a page verified, one should request a verified badge (blue badge). For verification purposes, Facebook would require a government-issued photo ID or articles of incorporation.
The person or page admin would be asked to "attach a photo of your ID if you're a public figure or articles of incorporation if you represent a media, entertainment or sports company."
The question now is, how did the page admin of the FAKE but VERIFIED fan page of Kathryn Bernardo verified the page? Did he falsify the document (ID) to do it?
An anonymous tipster said the page admin who created the FAKE but VERIFIED Kathryn Bernardo fan page is allegedly one of the owners of the fan pages of Anne Curtis, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, and Liza Soberano among others.
Should the Kapamilya stars allow these unscrupulous, pretentious individuals to use their names for profit? It is identity theft and these page admins are allegedly raking millions of money from it.
Chapter II "Punishable Acts," Section 4 "Cybercrime Offenses" of Republic Act No. 10175, likewise known as the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012," states that:
(3) Computer-related Identity Theft. – The intentional acquisition, use, misuse, transfer, possession, alteration or deletion of identifying information belonging to another, whether natural or juridical, without right: Provided, That if no damage has yet been caused, the penalty imposable shall be one (1) degree lower."
If cases will be filed, we are willing to provide ABS-CBN or representatives of the aforementioned celebrities the complete screenshot of the conversation herein attached so it can be presented in court as evidence.