Page last updated at 22:23 GMT, Thursday, 1 January 2009

Guyana leader in Facebook 'scam'

Facebook logo in eye
There have been several bogus pages of high-profile figures on Facebook

The president of Guyana has asked police to investigate who is impersonating him on Facebook, the social networking website.

A government statement said that Bharrat Jagdeo was not a Facebook member, the Associated Press reported.

The apparent Jagdeo page has more than 170 supporters, and features images of the president as well as his biography.

Last year, a Moroccan was jailed for setting up a Facebook profile in the name of a member of the royal family.

Facebook also removed two bogus profiles of Bilawal Bhutto, son of the murdered Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto, after an investigation found the entries "not authentic".

Questions raised

President Jagdeo's page has two photograph albums, one of a well-known bridge in Guyana, the Berbice, and the other of international leaders, some with the president.

Only three people have posted messages, including a man who questions whether the profile was authentic.

"Is this President Bharrat Jagdeo's personal Facebook? Is it his official one?" the message reads.

The Guyana government said that officials also discovered that someone had impersonated the president of the South American nation on another social networking site.

Print Sponsor

Facebook tackles Bhutto hoaxers
03 Jan 08 |  South Asia

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific