A victim of stolen identity

Council CEO’s identity faked to send Facebook abuse to woman
• Brendan McGrath

COUNCIL’S chief executive officer, Brendan McGrath, is not in the habit of sending abusive Facebook messages, but that is what it looked like when he became the victim of stolen identity.

The account purporting to belong to Mr McGrath appeared online a few weeks ago, containing his photograph – lifted from an official Rural City of Wangaratta page – his name and some basic details about his life.

But the online identity thieves make a big mistake, pretty quickly.

“Initially my wife got a friend request from me,” Mr Grath told the Wangaratta Chronicle this week.

He reported the fake profile to Facebook, which took it down within 20 minutes, but a few days later, another Brendan McGrath was online.

This time an abusive inbox message containing “some pretty ordinary things” was sent to a woman in Alexandra who Mr McGrath did not know.

She noticed the Facebook account only had a few friends and a did a quick Google search of the name to learn the truth before reporting the incident to council.

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