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Racist comments to KZN man sent from fake Facebook account

The fake account contained pictures of an American woman, Joan Elise Smith, who lives & works in the US.

Evershan Pillay has been on the receiving end of a heated Facebook exhcange with a woman by the name of Joan Smith. Picture: Facebook
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CAPE TOWN - A conversation between a man from KwaZulu-Natal and a woman allegedly from Cape Town, which caused a stir on social media because of the racial slurs it contained, now seems to have been sent from a fake Facebook profile.

The fake account contained pictures of an American woman, 'Joan Elise Smith', who lives and works in California.

Evershan Pillay shared screenshots of a conversation he had with Smith.

Pillay started sharing the conversation last year August for the first time.

Eyewitness News spoke to Pillay who said he learnt about the fake account shortly after posting the conversation for the first time - a detail he omitted the first time he was contacted by EWN about the racist posts.

“More and more people are talking about it. With regards to that interaction ending so soon, that was the time I realised that there wasn’t a lot of information on her page in terms of other people contributing.”

The fake account has since been removed. 

Screen shots of a Facebook exchange between Joan Smith and Evershan Pillay.

EWN tried to contact the person who alleged to be Smith via Facebook but was blocked before the account was deactivated.

Social media expert Arthur Goldstuck says one of the tell-tale signs that you are interacting with a fake account is that there is very little points of contact between you and that person.

He also suggested users look for friends that you might have in common, preferably more than one or two.

He says if a user suspects that they have been contacted by a fake profile, they must report the profile to the social media networks and ignore any further interaction with the individual.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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