Cybercriminals are buying Facebook profiles for just 89p as online crime peaks around the Christmas period, according to research.
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They make a profit from selling details such as e-mail addresses, names and dates of birth, all of which are often easily available on Facebook profiles.
To avoid information being stolen, the company advises users to look for a padlock symbol in the bottom right hand corner of the site. It also advises them to use social networking privacy settings, protection software and to vary passwords.