Much has been made of the government snooping on citizens through social media sites, but there's a new reason to be paranoid online: What if the government is running a fake account, pretending to be you?
That's what happened to a woman from upstate New York who sued the Drug Enforcement Agency in October after she discovered they were using her likeness to entrap others, NBC News reports. Sondra Arquiett settled with the federal government to the tune of $134,000 this week over the fake Facebook account using her information.
The account, under the name of "Sondra Prince," included photos of Sondra Arquiett with her son and niece. The account was apparently used for investigative purposes.
The Justice Department argued that Arquiett gave the government the right to use her data when she was arrested on drug charges in 2010 -- but Facebook sent a letter to the DEA saying the agency had committed "a knowing and serious breach of Facebook's terms and policies" with the catfishing scheme, according to NBC News.
The government settled with Arquiett for $134,000 but admitted no liability or guilt, according to court documents filed Tuesday.